Between the extremes of Clinical Substance Abuse and Teetotaller is the much larger category of Gray Area Drinking. Here today to discuss the topic is therapist, gray area drinking coach, and board member at Mosaics of Mercy, Carolyn Robistow. Join us today to hear Carolyn’s hard-earned perspective on what she calls ‘Groundhog Day Drinking’ and what to do about it. You’ll hear what Carolyn does when she realizes that someone needs support for Clinical Substance Abuse, and why she believes that people’s response to your changed relationship with drinking says absolutely nothing about you. We talk about resolving points of disconnection within your value structure, and she shares what she thinks of as the trifecta of change: making fully informed decisions, finding daily support, and being a subcortical change maker. We touch on Brainspotting, the influence of the pandemic, and Carolyn shares an inspiring story of hope from her own life. Thanks for joining us!
Key Points From This Episode:
“People are encouraged to take a break, and then build it back in, but just moderate it this go-round. And then eventually, you magically don’t want it anymore. And I thought, where else in the world are we telling people to take something away, and then add it back in so that then you can take it away?” — Carolyn Robistow [0:07:25]
“The one thing that makes it Groundhog Day Drinking is the mental energy dedicated to alcohol, whether that is, I’m drinking it, or I’m not drinking it, that is the telltale sign.” — Carolyn Robistow [0:12:39]
“One of the questions I get really frequently in my group is, why do people care if I’m not drinking? And that just says a lot about them and how they connect with people. It says absolutely nothing about you.” — Carolyn Robistow [0:19:39]
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