Is Alcoholism a Mother Trauma? #1
Re: do you have any experience with alcoholism?
Yes, I do, and some of it is very personal.
Many of my relatives were alcoholics, and I, myself, was something called an “event alcoholic.”
An event alcoholic goes on a bender only one or two times a year, but, when he does, it’s over-the-top and balls-to-the-wall.
One bender took me to the hospital, and another to a psych ward for an overnight visit.
(My gift of gab saved me from a three-day stay, and perhaps longer depending on the head shrink’s evaluation.)
Alcohol abuse has a lot to do with mothering and nurturing.
Freud was definitely right when he connected it to the sex force (especially masturbation) and the death force.
He called the first Eros, and his pupil, Wilhelm Stekel, named the other one Thanatos.
Eros and Thanatos are two sides of the same psychosomatic coin, like the Angel of Death (Angelique) in the 1979 movie All That Jazz.
Why is Freud discredited today? Because he was too close to the truth, so he was dismissed as a dirty old atheist.
John E. Sarno, M.D. (Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine) wrote …
“In view of the widespread Freud bashing of recent years I may be courting disapproval to state that my concepts descend from Freud’s clinical observations and theories. But I know this only in retrospect, for I did not set out to prove Freud right. My developing ideas were the consequence of clinical observations; they were not based on preconceived notions about the mindbody connection.”
Meanwhile, the American Psychiatric Association can’t cure alcoholism, so they’ve been busy redefining it.
Alcoholism used to come in two flavors …
Now both are grouped together into one category …
alcohol use disorder (AUD)
(To Be Continued)