A Different type of War – The Unseen Enemy

“Alcohol – cunning, baffling, powerful!” These words were written many years ago by a man known now by many as Bill W.

Alcohol can be seen every where, in shops that specialize in this “beverage”, we call them Bottle Stores in this country, in the supermarkets the stores have large areas that are set aside for wine; in restaurants it is common for an area to be decorated like a bar and thus filled with well lit back shelves filled with bottles of the stuff. If one does not go to any of these places one gets a dose of alcohol images from the media; huge billboards, why in Johannesburg and entire high rise building had Johnny walking 30 floors tall. Although the law has banned cigarette advertizing it would seem that people do not feel that the advertizing of alcohol is harmful and thus a good percentage of the TV ads consists of adverts showing how cool it is to drink the stuff. Then all the TV shows themselves except for the most boring “family/Christian: type has either people drinking alcohol in them; or as in the sports broadcasts  the side of what ever field that is being played on is covered with ads for alcohol. If you are a trying to recover alcoholic you had better learn to deal with it, nothing will change in the foreseeable future. Alcohol is good business, very big business, and the people making the money do not give a fuck about the harm the stuff has caused, is causing in so many families and peoples lives.

That is the visual part of the enemy, the seen and in your face part. It can be dealt with; it is actually the easier part of the battle, once one has the correct mindset. The actual enemy is not the alcohol itself, the enemy is within, the persons that is fighting the war’s inability to control the intake of the substance, they are called alcoholics, and this is the unseen enemy. Thus this war, like all wars is complicated; you have the enemy inside your own mind.  If one wants to fight, it is still a fightable war, it is a solitary war, it is an ugly, dangerous and devious war. The enemy can lay dormant, some times for years, then when one least expects it, like a shot from a sniper, one gets hit out of the blue. Been hit does not kill you, at least not immediately, but sends you into the depths of hell, and only you can decide when you want to try climb out again.

I do not believe in the saying that both the AA and the NA use, “You are not alone.” I am always alone in this. I pen this at 4am on a Sunday morning, I am weary from battle; for yesterday early evening, the sniper took his shot and I was cast into the battle. But this battle, so far, I won and won quiet decisively, as I refused to allow my enemy to get me to take even one drink…. So far……. because I can sense that the sniper is still in there, perhaps more than one.

We shall see.

I am no stranger to this war and you can read how I stepped into the battle for the first time, many years ago.

Perhaps you may learn something from my mistakes.

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Here is a story of developing and breaking an addiction, while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the same time.



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3 Responses to “A Different type of War – The Unseen Enemy”

  1. eyemurf Says:

    I’m in the same battle; your words helped me. Thanks, and good luck.

  2. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

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