Photo credit: Dipika Belapurkar
Thesaurus idioms and synonyms of bliss out: be full of the joys of spring, be as high as a kite, feel like a million dollars, delirious, contented, high-spirited……
It’s perhaps unwise for a person who relishes alcohol – from moderate to a large amount – to think s/he can get away willy-nilly from experiencing some damage to the brain and body. Alcoholism is considered a medical disorder (read mental health problem) that has long-term effects on the mind and the body. So for healing to commence, a person ready to start the recovery process may begin with either or both.
The promising thing about craniosacral therapy is that it treats both together.
It’s not ideal when a reluctant family member is dragged into my clinic for addiction treatment intervention. Such a client faces shame within the family and yet isn’t ready to give up something s/he enjoys to a great extent and sees no immediate harm from. My job isn’t to convince anyone to give up on anything they don’t want to. Rather it is to teach them to cope with (the effects of) harmful behavior that they cannot just yet prevent, but eventually do.
Binge drinking isn’t uncommon, never has been. Cloaked in the guise of a stress buster, alcohol and substance abuse make for “terrific” parties and bonhomie amongst like-minded friends. The newly arising part, my clients tell me, is that there are dwindling numbers of people restraining from letting loose their inhibitions.
Reams of literature on the subject litter the path out there; just check the World Wide Web. So, why then are alcohol (and related stuff) lovers knight-like in their fierce support of these brain damaging substances? The answer lies in the psychological make up of the individual. There aren’t two similar people in this together. Each differs from the other depending on their Tolerance level to alcohol indicated by protein MUNC 13-1 found in the brain. The higher the Tolerance level, larger is the amount of alcohol needed to get one into a state of bliss.
There’s good news too. Alcohol lovers, when sober between spells, look at their families with renewed love and hope in their heart. My clients do. And sometimes when the spell (no pun intended) is broken, they begin their journey home. One such client walked in to my clinic and here’s her story of restoration of spirit.
Read Blissing Out Can Change Your Brain – Part II