GOT TO BELIEVE IN MAGIC

"I am a professional male in my late 30’s I have a severe problem with alcohol. At this time, I think I have no control anymore; it seriously scares me." - Alcoholic

Dear Ms. M,

I am a professional male in my late 30’s I have a severe problem with alcohol. At this time, I think I have no control anymore; it seriously scares me; it even wakes me up in my sleep because I am terrified of this tunnel. I drink when I wake up, before work, during my lunch break, and as soon as I hit my home, I drink to fall asleep. It all started hanging out with friends so I can socially drink with them. It’s been eight months now. I wanted to give up drinking socially, but whenever my friends would invite me, I have a hard time saying N O to them. If I do so, I would probably end up drinking more at home, which is not good. I have tried to approach some people about this problem, including therapy, but it has proved fruitless and embarrassing. You may have an easy magic solution.

Alcoholic

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Dear Mr. Alcoholic,

I admire you that you are in touch with reality, you know you are addicted to alcohol, and you need to reach out. As there may be a no magic easy solution to this, my quick fix advice, STOP using alcohol. You will do this when you are ready to do this. To be prepared, you need only the desire to change your lifestyle. It is only you that can put an end to it. Another advice to succeed, find a community of support. Alcoholics Anonymous group is a better place to start. There you will meet and interact with those who struggle in the same ways just as you. Addiction of any form is a crosscut that wakes you up in the middle of the night; everything happens out here in the spotlight. So if you want to believe in magic, be the magician yourself to spark magic. Let God be your Spotlight.

Love & Light,
Ms. M

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