Be Brave, Be Bold with Dr Stephan Neff
Dr Stephan Neff Talks about:
- As an alcoholic, they celebrate their alcohol, they become the wine connoisseur, they become cool about their drinking. But after 5 bottles of wine later, they don’t care. Alcoholics are always finding a way to give themselves permission to celebrate the alcohol they are consuming.
- In his book, he discusses the effects of alcoholism on the body. There are so many layers and facets to alcoholism which he explains in depth. There are many emotional overlays, one of the things we discuss is that alcoholism is a disease just like other chronic other diseases. Dr Neff wants to bring awareness of the true nature of alcoholism.
- A lot of people live in cultures where alcohol is a normal part of life. Alcohol has permeated throughout our societal structures; we discuss how people find those who are not drinking alcohol are untrustworthy and how alcohol is a drug.
- 1 in 3 people, to 1 in 5 are alcoholics. 95% of alcoholics are convinced that they are not alcoholics.
- We look at the destruction of alcohol in peoples lives and how brave we need to be to look within ourselves.
- When Alcoholics go through recovery, their whole lives change.
- My Steps of Sobriety has brought about a new awakening to Dr Neff. He learned the pain and how it felt the first time he said the words out loud that he is an alcoholic. This was a milestone in his life. He suddenly felt liberty and freedom and a power come over him. He stopped hiding what he was doing, and it finally gave himself permission to talk about what problems were in his life, that had led him to become an alcoholic. Once he started writing, he was unable to stop, he found the process of writing incredibly cathartic.
- After his cathartic draft of his story, he began to talk about his recovery and how his story can help others, through this process, he began to learn more about himself again. Writing his book, lead to soul searching for himself, it led to painful discussions which opened new doors to unravel and unlock parts of his relationships and grow from these discussions.
- We discuss the importance of communication and how we can all grow and evolve through open and meaningful conversations.
- By opening up, it is so beautiful to share and demystify and de-taboo alcoholism and honest about it. At times we get cut and bruised on the outside and on the inside. We discuss roadmaps to uncovering our broken souls and finding a new awakening within ourselves when we can face our darkest demons.
- Statistics mentioned from Dr Stephan Neff.
- 1 – 3 people will have depression.
- 1 in 3 will have a chemical addiction
- 1 – 5 will have alcohol use disorder
- How can we be brave in taking steps forward?
- Dr Stephan Neff’s Tips to Taking Brave Steps Forward.
- Make an appointment with your GP/ your family practitioner. Book a longer appointment. Discuss with your Doctor what is going on in your life these types of appointments need extra time. It’s important to talk at your Doctor, as they can check out your physical side first, plus links to all kinds of support systems
- Tap into who is out there who can help you, regardless of what you need help with. Ask that one person that you can trust and get the guidance from people who can help you. This probably not your best friend, or a family member, the best person to start with is your GP.
Dr Stephan Neff's tips on living bravely
- You are a special person. With a special set of problems, they are unique to you, but there are help structures out there that can help you.
- Be Brave, Be Bold. This is the one moment you need to look in the mirror and say enough is enough. When you come to that point and accept that you are so far out there and in so much pain, you realise that by opening up will reduce the pain rather than giving you more pain from negative emotions.
- Whatever you’re going throughout there, whatever shame, guilt negative emotion you have. It is normal to feel these feelings. It’s not nice. But it’s normal to experience these types of feelings, at some stage in your life. But what’s not ok is to not do something about it. Be bold, grab the opportunity to telephone and make that call to your GP and be brave. Be brave to make that call.
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