When you first try to pull away from alcohol, or any other chemical addiction, the world, the environment you exist in, will seem very frightening at first.
You will see ghosts, be reminded of things that chemical addiction hid from view...that would include emotions, regrets, bills, relationships, annoying people, deadlines, and the list goes on. Initially all these things will come rushing in, like above with poor Mickey Mouse.
But then they'll begin to fade away as you face them one at a time, if you're able to stay sober or off drugs long enough.
And your fears and anxieties know this...or your own personal ghosts...they know this.
Mickey Mouse will be alright, and so will you if you have faith and do the right thing. .
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2015 17:59:33 GMT -5 by X factor
I don't think there's any such thing as a 'Weed Face'...
Like when you drink alcohol, a lot of it, the way a alcoholic would or does, people often get that 'booze' face look...red face, swollen face, puffy face which is caused by dehydration, and body trying to retain fluid, and caused by damaged capillary blood cells on surface of face.
But other than maybe blood shot eyes, not sure if there's any 'weed face' type of look, like there is with alcohol and of course crack and meth...which totally turn users face into droopy mask.
Photos of such faces are kind of to gross to even post, so I won't.
When you stop drinking, for whatever reasons, assuming you drank 3-8 cans or glasses a day.
Or better yet, assuming you drank to get drunk everyday, as soon as you stop the first thing you have to get use to is 'time'...spare time, and the extra energy that will come from not drinking.
Also, if you're use to being drunk or buzzed by say 7:00 pm every evening, when you stop drinking, at first you will almost carry yourself as if you are still drinking, motor habit, mindset, mentality reflex.
And when you stop suddenly, the mind, the body is like 'Ok, now what?'.
And only you can fill in the 'what'.
And filling in that 'what' is key to it all.
It's essential to fill that non drinking or non substance time up with something else.
Alcohol, any substance abuse, wastes a tremendous amount of time, time that is so precious and rare.
When one is addicted to a substance you end up putting so much off, not wanting to work late or get up early, all to accomidate the addiction.
Once you remove substance abuse, suddenly working till 10:00 pm or getting up early to accomplish more, doesn't seem so difficult anymore.
And you begin to look better, at least when it comes to alcohol, face will begin to cleanse itself, puffiness goes away, bags under eyes go away, and suddenly you look 5 or more years younger.
But also mind starts working again...and this actually can frighten some who are hyper intelligent, those who think to fast for the environment their in.
Alcohol, weed, or other substances, greatly slows down the thinking process, makes you way less productive.
Ye, you have artist who say they're 'more creative while high'...but after they record or write song, all the people, team of people, who then edit song, produce it, sell it ect, they're not high or drunk, for if they were song would go no where.
Sure the artist can 'get high' but that's only cause everyone working around them to produce song isn't!
Some started drinking or getting high simply to hide the reality of falling short of goals. So as long as you're high or drunk, you don't care that you've wasted your talent, but once sober again, the sharpness of your mind comes back, and the energy to actually see things through.
You will get much more out of an evening being sober, than you ever can being drunk.
And you'll wake up knowing you didn't make a fool out of self, or talk with someone you normally wouldn't.
Life will still be ugly though, other people you don't like won't suddenly go away, but being of sober mind will help you make enough right decisions that you can eventually navigate away from such people and environment.
When drunk or high, you waste a lot of time sleeping, being silly, but not planning and preparing. Being drunk or high makes you tolerate things more that you normally wouldn't.
So in the long run you get no where, situation never changes, and depression and hopelessness sets in.
And it's even worse if you find out you're medically sick do to execessive drinking or drug use, like finding out you have diabetes...
I mean who and the heck would want to go through this crap for the rest of their living life?, simply do to poor eating habits and over drinking while younger.
Not I, said the rabbit.
Or liver damage, kidney damage, heart disease, blood clot, stroke, and a host of other ailments I can't even correctly spell.
Then it's no longer a game, now it's a burden, and a costly one.
Health is the biggest gift ever, none of us should take good health for granted, cause once it's gone, it's gone, then the next step is simply the grave.
No chemical substance is worth robbing you of life, happiness and liberty.
If you give up to many addictive habits all at once, like say alcohol and tobacco, chewing, snuff or cigarettes, if you give it all up at once, being 'sober' and 'chemically clean', in and of itself will seem like you're high.
If your body is us to a cold one every day between 5 pm - 8 pm, complemented with tobacco, and suddenly you deny body of both, just be prepared for odd things to happen with your mood.
Without alcohol or tobacco to slow down your pulse, be prepared to be 'jacked up' more from sugar, and other basic food items or drinks.
Be prepared to feel like the incredible hulk, intellectually.
Tobacco and alcohol are like brakes on the emotions, remove those two elements and now you have to learn how to apply the brakes naturally again.
Everything is off balance at first, cause for years, when addicted to alcohol or tobacco, people artifiscally apply the brakes, control the emotional pedal, with chemical addiction.
Remove the chemicals, and once again the body has to learn how to adjust it's own valves and switches to bring balance to mood and outlook.
But if all one is addicted to is Beer and or tobacco, consider self fortunate in the over all 'what one could be addicted to' realm.
Best to be addicted to nothing...but if you are, there are steps one can take to back out of these addictions, but it does take will power, you're own, not even Gods, but your own.
Tobacco is not a glam or Hollywood type of addiction, it's more of a silent addiction, and not a very cool one, but one that inflicts millions.
And I think tobacco addiction, or snuff or chewing tobacco is more sinister in it's grip and power over an induvisual, than even alcohol.
But get this, tobacco infects person more like a virus or parasite, in that it takes over the mind, and creates a craving for, but doesn't alter behavior like alcohol does.
So the user of tobacco feels they're in control of substance, when substance is actually silently taking over control of them, the user.
Alcohol use is more like a Bronco horse, you know when to get off of it, but tobacco use is more like a cold, that infects you initially, gives you out word symptoms, but then incubates deep inside body, mind, bloodstream, and remains quiet, slowly taking control over money, you're not spending up ward to $140.00 a month on Chew, and if cigarettes, that number obviously goes up a bit or a lot.
But it's done incrementally, so it's not noticed, and is justified, since after all all it is is a 'dip' or 'smoke'...and such a better alternative to drinking.
Tobacco is a silent killer, alcohol is just the more obvious and blatant one. But trying to let go of tobacco is a lot harder than booze.
And of course length one was addicted has a lot to do with how body reacts when suddenly denied.
At this point your body physiologically desires it, more than you do.
The very cells in your body scream for it, even though your mind doesn't. As if the elements of the tobacco have fused with certain organs in your body, and as if your bodies production of certain 'chemicals' has come to depend on tobacco stimulation, like a co-opt or partnership.
And 'Dern' if you're going to get in the way of that.
Ending the addiction to alcohol is more of a mental one, but the addiction to tobacco is more of a chemical bonding one, and has a much tighter group on thy soul, but it's just not as obvious since tobacco doesn't effect behavior like alcohol, so the addictive just don't notice how addicted they are, until they try to quit.
Then, and only then will tobacco rear it's ugly head and horns, as all the chemicals contained within it, that are added, will refuse to let you go quietly.
More to follow...in fact Tobacco addiction actually needs it's own section.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2016 16:45:01 GMT -5 by X factor
I think alcohol will always be a seductive trap for many
Since no ones life is perfect, most come home tired, spent, depressed, and alcohol is the most readily, legal, available liquid drug tool there to help change mood and outlook around.
But it's still a trap, no matter how you look at it it's a trap...
It's not the only drug trap though, many are hooked, addicted to prescription drugs, mood altering drugs prescribed by doctors or acquired elsewhere.
There's many legal drug traps that people can get hooked on, but still alcohol is the most readily available, no subscription needed.
When drunk you make silly decisions, talk to people you shouldn't, delay important tasks.
And even put of doing new things, cause it's more important to come home and drink.
Alcohol is a trap.
Some people are better at managing it than others, some are good with just one beer, one glass of wine, one this or one that, but others cannot stop, some just have a all or none mentality, either want to get drunk, or don't drink at all.
Getting buzzed can be like a tease, so an addictive type wants to go past the buzz feeling into state of not caring about anything.