WHEN MANY OF US USE ALCOHOL, OFTEN IT IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH POSITIVE EVENTS SUCH AS:

CONNECTING WITH SPOUSE/PARTNER, CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS, REWARDING OURSELVES AFTER MOWING THE LAWN/DOING YARD WORK, RITUALS OF BARBEQUING, COOKING DINNER, RELAXING ON WEEKENDS and DURING VACATIONS, SHARING TEAM SPIRIT AND ENJOYING SPORTS, RELAXING AND UNWINDING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORTH OF WORK, AND PARTIES: BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, GRADUATIONS, WEDDINGS, SHOWERS, HOLIDAYS, COMING OF AGE CELEBRATIONS ALL OFContinue reading “WHEN MANY OF US USE ALCOHOL, OFTEN IT IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH POSITIVE EVENTS SUCH AS:”

IT IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY TRUE THAT ONCE ONE STOPS HAVING A NEGATIVE SELF-IMAGE AND NEGATIVE SELF-TALK, THAT WHAT FOLLOW ARE ONLY UPLIFTING POSITIVES. OFTEN, INSTEAD OF FINALLY EXPERIENCING THE UNDEVELOPED POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE, AND POSITIVE SELF-TALK, THERE IS NOTHING…NO SENSE OF SELF, NO SENSE OF JOY, OF PURPOSE, OF GOALS, OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, OF SPIRITUALITY, OR OF COMMUNITY. THERE IS ONLY EMPTINESS. TO MOST OF US, THIS EMPTINESS IS MORE LONELY AND MORE FRIGHTENING THAN ANY NEGATIVE SELF-IMAGE OR ANY NEGATIVE SELF-TALK.

We wonder why people hold onto negativity… it’s because the unknown, the untested is much more anxiety-provoking, energy draining, and frightening than the known effects and costs of the negative self-image, and negative self talk. Charles Tadros, M.D. July 2, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

DO SOMETHING POSITIVE, WHICH IS ALSO, DIFFICULT, UNUSUAL, DIFFERENT, RARE, OR SPECIAL. ANOTHER VERSION OF THIS IS TO DO SOMETHING ROUTINE, BUT MUCH FASTER OR COMPLETE IT MUCH EARLIER THAN EXPECTED. THESE ACTIONS TEND TO GIVE US AN EDGE WITH RESPECT TO FOCUS, ENERGY, INTEREST, ACCOLADES, REWARDS, AND SELF ESTEEM.

Most of us want to be known as someone special, and remembered for positive statements, traits, and accomplishments. Charles Tadros, M.D. June 16, 2022 Saint Louis, Missouri

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