I like to listen to Belle’s podcasts while I drive. I have a long commute, so lots of time to listen and I find Belle’s voice to be soothing. And, of course, her ideas support me in what I’m doing with this whole non-drinking thing, so there’s that. 🙂
Today Belle likened a drinking compulsion to other compulsions like eating disorders, phobias, compulsive hand washing, etc. She said that when The Voice speaks to us, it is as irrational as a voice that says to be under 100 pounds will make you a better person or a voice that says you will surely get a terrible disease if you don’t wash your hands again and again and again.
So…We have an irrational compulsion to overuse a toxic substance. We banish the substance from our lives and the compulsion fades. We recognize the voice of the compulsion as irrational and learn to ignore it.
This reminds me of the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Schizophrenic John Nash realizes that some of the people he sees and thinks he’s talking to aren’t actually real and learns to ignore them.
Huh. Something to think about.
Jenwithoutwine (ignoring The Voice)