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Drinking And Alcoholism Seven: Quitting Drinking Is A Spiritual Thing

We all have a purpose for living. Being alive is a privilege. We are propelled into this world which is often violent and painful to learn lessons. It’s like we are in a kind of spiritual school, given challenges to we can grow in wisdom and understanding. Sometimes our challenges are overwhelming especially in childhood. As we have discussed, alcoholism, even mild drinking, is most often used as an escape from the pain our challenges create. When we face those challenges we grow. We learn that we are stronger than we imagined and we become more confident, peaceful, and clear thinking. It takes courage to lift the delusion of drinking and face our lives. But when we do we experience what has been described as a spiritual experience. In a song I wrote called “Show Me The Way” there is a lyric that goes like this: “There comes a moment in time when we cannot find the day. We turn our passions to the universe and cry, ‘Show me the way!'” Another section of the song lyric goes like this: “Your despair is a blessed gift for it is only then that you will cry out for the truth and your new life can begin.” When we cry out for help we open a door to solving the problem. Your cry for help is a spiritual cry. It begins the seemingly magical process of healing. Things happen, the right people appear, circumstances open to you that didn’t before your cry for help. You are being helped by the unseen forces of Spirit. Trust in it.


Wendy Hill, M.A., Ph.D. candidate (2013), San Diego counselor and hypnosis therapist has been in private practice in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in San Diego County and Encinitas for over thirty years. As a therapist and counselor Wendy specializes in transforming self-defeating core beliefs. Her therapy includes using hypnosis and counseling to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, relationships, self-confidence, and life challenges. Her website is

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