Hey, I finished day 10 yesterday! Hurray!
This is a landmark not just because I am now in double-digits, but because of something I read in Jason Vale’s book this week: that it takes 3-10 days for all traces of alcohol to leave your system. I think most people are generally closer to the “3” than the “10,” but now I can say either way that there is no alcohol lurking anywhere in my body.
Deep breath. It feels good.
I liked Jason Vale’s book quite a bit. I read Allen Carr’s book first (which I will review in a future entry), which posits a similar point of view: that alcohol is addictive, that anyone who drinks is in danger of becoming addicted (not just those with the disease called “alchoholism”), and that by not drinking it you are missing out on nothing. Alcohol is a poison whose so-called “benefits” are entirely illusory. It’s a powerful concept and it does help to lessen the regret I feel about not being able to drink. I can’t say right now that it does away with it completely, but I have hopes that I will get there.
The books equation of alcohol with any other addictive drug is illuminating and helped me to develop a strategy for dealing with temptation. You know that feeling, whether it’s a bar, grocery store, drugstore, wherever, when you see those rows and rows of bottles, beautifully displayed and ripe for the picking? It helps me to see them as rows and rows of hypodermic needles, filled with heroin. Doesn’t sound so appealing anymore, does it? I’m sure heroin, crack, and meth feel absolutely great when you take them! Does that mean I want to try them? No, because I know they are highly addictive and ruin people’s lives. Alcohol too is highly addictive and ruins people’s lives; the evidence of that is all around me and always has been. But because it is embedded in our society, I never thought about it the same way.