Can I get wasted once in a while?

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Stanton Peele Response by: Dr. Stanton Peele
Posted on April 26th, 2012 - Last updated: January 30th, 2014
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Hey, Stanton. Ok, I haven’t gotten really drunk in a while. But for some reason, the only thing I had on my mind for the last couple of weeks was drinking until I got totally wasted, and I don’t know why all of a sudden I’m like this. What do you think?


Dear Anon

Are you missing telling me something — like you used to get wasted regularly or that you’re in recovery? You know, some times people need to let loose.  Just make sure it’s in a safe environment where you can’t do any harm to yourself.  In a sense, one of these “programmed” relapses is what AA is all about — you slip and then come back into the fold to start anew counting your days of abstention.  It may be better than thinking endlessly about getting wasted.


Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.

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