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The Allergy of the Body | The Disease Of More

Bobby Wall, Wakefield, Massachusetts
10 May 2018
Has alcohol and or drugs ever caused trouble for you and other people in your life, because you drank or used more than you wanted? This can come from an allergy of our body, which automatically triggers a craving for more substances. Once I start, I can’t stop.  This craving is stronger than your willpower. Stronger than the love for your family, friends, job, etc.. The only way not to trigger the allergy is: Not to drink or use any substances at all. Now if it was as simple as not drinking and using, all of us, including myself would have stopped a long time ago. However, abstinence is not the answer, but the beginning of your journey of addiction recovery.
Body portion of the disease model
Photograph by Bobby Wall via FaceBook
In the image above it explains what the allergy is, an abnormal reaction to drugs and alcohol. The craving for more which is called the phenomenon of craving which really describes “Once I start I can’t stop.” The allergy is progressive, intensified and never satisfied. There is no cure for the body, however, we do recover through the Twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous.

“We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker. These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.
Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.” –  Doctor’s Opinion  A.A. pg. xxviii

In the quote above it states that we have an allergy to drugs and alcohol and this craving is limited to our class and does not occur in your average temperate drinker and or addict. It then mentions “Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices.” What this means is people can’t keep us sober or fix us. The love for my family, my son, my best friend will not keep me sober. Nothing anybody says or does has the power to restore us to sanity. Down below is one example of how the allergy takes over when I take as little as one drink or one drug.
I once went to Oregon to get treatment from alcohol and heroin. I was supposed to only be there for 30 days, I have a son, job and family to come back home to. I was in treatment and got hit with the mental obsession, the thought that does not respond to reason that getting high and drunk was a good idea. I ended up leaving the treatment center and going to the liquor store to have ONE drink, that was it! I ended up finishing a handle of vodka, getting drunk and high that day. The allergy was in full plight because once I start, I can’t stop. Needless to say, I never made it back to treatment and I ended up running in Oregon for over a year until I was again beaten down into a state of submission to seek treatment. This is just one extreme example, I’m sure you have some of your own you can relate to. If you can relate to making a firm resolution to only have 1 drink, 1 hit but having more than you intended to, welcome, you probably suffer from the same disease I suffer from which only the Twelve Steps and my Higher Power saved me from.
The hard truth about the allergy is that we will never get rid of it. I will never in my life be able to take one drink or one drug without setting this allergy off. It may not happen right away, but eventually, it will and usually within a really short period of time. However, we must remain abstinent to put the allergy at rest. This is the first step of your addiction recovery journey.