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What is “insanity” in Active Addiction and Alcoholism?

The insanity of addiction and alcoholism is a common concept in the rooms of 12-Step recovery fellowships. This insanity results from the self-deception that many people suffering from addiction experience. We try all sorts of methods to assert control over our drinking and drug use, despite the fact that we have entirely lost control over drugs and alcohol.

People often say that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.” However, many people in active addiction and alcoholism are aware of the negative consequences they will face, yet continue to drink or use anyway. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous uses the example of a man named Jim who chooses to drink under the idea that milk and whiskey on a full stomach couldn’t possible hurt him. Inevitably, Jim loses control and is placed in a position of intense mental and physical suffering. The Big Book explains, “He had much knowledge about himself as an alcoholic. Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk! Whatever the precise definition of the word may be, we call this plain insanity. How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else?”

Despite being fully aware of our lack of power over drugs and alcohol, we allow ourselves to be taken in by the notion that we can control our drinking or using. Despite loss of relationships, financial security, health, we still fall into the insane notion that this time will be different and this time we will be able to control our use. The Big Book explains, “We have sometimes reflected more than Jim did upon the consequences. But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.” Sanity returns with sobriety, when we overcome our spiritual sickness and mental obsession, and realize that we are powerless and complete abstinence is the only way we can live happy, joyous, and free lives.

You do not have to suffer from diminished health as a result of addiction and alcoholism. Recovery is possible, and you can build a happy, healthy future by making the decision to seek help today. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers adult programs for men and women that ensure a safe location where clients can relate to staff and other clients in similar walks of life and learn to rebuild their relationships and roles within their communities. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431