"Addiction is a disease of recidivism. As long as you can accept that fact, then every experience of success that someone has is building a greater possibility that one day they may be sober," she says. "I don't know why I do this [sometimes], because it's so especially frustrating. Alcoholism is like having a house full of termites, whereas drug addiction is like a house on fire."
I was told alcoholism is like riding a elevator,but this elevator started at the top.I could get off any time I wanted,or I could ride it all the way down ...
"Alcoholism is like many other behaviors driven by negative and positive reinforcing effects. The negative reinforcing effects often consist of motivational and affective symptoms, such as irritability and emotional pain, which occurs during the absence of alcohol (withdrawal) and this is thought to support and sustain alcohol dependence"
"Alcoholism is like the tip of an iceberg. It rides atop a submerged mass of other problems"
"Alcoholism is like the other woman. Your alcoholic has a relationship with the alcohol. "
"I think alcoholism is like a virus that lies dormant in your body and when the right conditions occur it can flair up. If the right conditions never occur you might never know that the virus is in your system."
"Alcoholism is like greatness. Some people are born alcoholics, some achieve alcoholism and others have alcoholism thrust upon them. I belong to the third class, for it was prohibition that did the thrusting."
"If the virtues are an intricately knitted sweater, alcoholism is like pulling a snagged thread until the entire thing comes undone. Alcoholism leads to lying, violence, laziness, social irresponsibility, promiscuity, injustice, inability to love and be in relationship to others and it also often causes the alcoholic to neglect her bodily health."
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