I am not one to write articles or go public with what was a very severe case of alcoholism, as I am fearful of jeopardizing my position in the community. However, I felt that this was important enough to bring to light, in the hopes that it will do for you what it did for me. People always think of an alcoholic as some sort of skid row person. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my circle I know plenty of people who drink excessively and need to get help.
I’ve always been a quiet drinker, the type where it’s hard for other people to tell whether I’m drunk or not. I’ve also spent an enormous amount of time drinking alone, always for the purpose of not destroying my reputation. For me, when the reputation goes so does everything else, including financial security. So the stakes have always been high.
I have suffered immensely with this alcohol addiction. Mostly alone, which somehow makes it worse. My wife left me two years ago, I am ashamed to say partially because of my abusive behavior toward her under the influence and as you would expect my drinking just got worse after she left, if that was even possible.
In general, I am a very controlled, disciplined individual, so could never understand why I couldn’t control my drinking. No matter how hard I tried, it continued to spiral out of control. Since I couldn’t go to A.A. meetings (again, going public with this terrible problem) I had to find another way to stop.
Three months ago I obtained Max Fisher’s ebook “How I Stopped Drinking”, and put the formula to use the next day. As Mr. Fisher says in the book, this method is so easy it’s almost laughable, I would have to agree. I really had my doubts that something so simple could be so powerful. But powerful it is.
The first week of incorporating the 5 steps into my daily routine, I could feel a shift. It’s hard to explain, but something was different, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. My drive to drink was diminishing noticeably, and my recovery continued in that vein. I was amazed at how little effort was involved, but I religiously followed the 5 steps (which are very easy anyway).
I’ve picked up twice in the last two months, a huge departure from my daily intake of something approaching a fifth of vodka, and the last time was six weeks ago. I am mystified by the fact that I don’t miss alcohol. Who would have thought something like this was even possible.
It appears that Max has found the magic formula. I am living proof, and very grateful as you can imagine. I hope that others will take the path I’ve taken, to experience the freedom from alcohol that I now have that was always out of reach. Fantastic.
By Jonathan M.