November 11

What Recovering Alcoholics Can Teach Us About Happiness

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog | 7 Comments

This is my second article for psychology today. Please give it a look. (just click second article, or here!)

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7 Responses to “What Recovering Alcoholics Can Teach Us About Happiness”

  1. Mary Swanson on November 11th, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    <3 it.

  2. Beth on November 13th, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Very well done …

  3. L. Murphy on November 28th, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    I stumbled upon this blog by reading the article above.  I was looking for articles of addiction and found the article about recovering alcoholics and happiness. For the past year or so I have been trying to find my path to enlightenment and have been exploring the Buddhist ways and philosophy.  In addition, i have entered into a program to get an Associates degree in Massage therapy (& Eastern medicine) which deviates greatly from my already established Master’s degree of Public Administration and Policy Analysis.  With all that said, my husband and I have had been battling with what I can call an “addiction or dependence of Alcohol”, but I did not realize our drinking was an addiction or dependence until the latest and most recent traumatic event to occur in our lives.  I don’t regret the event as I have convinced myself that it was an awakening moment; however, i think the most challenging part of this crisis in my life is convincing my husband’s family that it is a moment of realization of both of our dependence.  

    The most interesting dynamic of this whole situation, my husband and I get along just fine and our relationship is good as long as alcohol is not present. I think the article reveals what is the biggest challenge in an alcoholic’s life, “happiness within ourselves”. I think it has been a little easier for me to find happiness apart from alcohol but trying to get my husband through this hurdle and recovery has been a little bit of a challenge for the fact it has been a habit of his for 14 years (since he was 18). I am proud to say that we have been 15 days sober; however, our cravings are present and real. I am going to continue to use massage therapy, Buddhist philosophy and spirituality as way to cope and get us through this difficult time in our lives. In the future I would enjoy more articles related to recovery and addiction.

  4. William Berry on November 28th, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Thank you for the comment. On this site a review a few books that have to do with addiction recovery, you can find them here:
    http://www.wmberry.com/blog/new-section/#more-311
    I highly recommend “One Breath at a Time” which is about a Buddhists attempts at recovery through the 12 steps of AA.
    There are also many articles already on my site about addiction recovery, just go to the site and search addiction, and it will bring these:
    http://wmberry.com/?s=addiction
    http://www.wmberry.com/page/2/?s=addiction
    http://www.wmberry.com/page/3/?s=addiction
    Some aren’t relevant, and some of the most relevant are on the third page (I put all three pages of the search above).
    Good luck in your quest.

  5. L. Murphy on November 28th, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Thank you! I will try to download to my Nook, if not, I will order the book.

  6. L. Murphy on December 21st, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Thanks I got the book and it is awesome so far. I will keep your book list in the back of my mind. My husband and I have been 38 days sober without one drink or sip!

  7. William Berry on December 21st, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Great. Congratulations.

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