Alcoholic American Authors
Do you spend a lot of time drinking? Do you need to have a drink in order to face the day? Do you need alcohol to feel like your real self, or to access the best part of you? Do you ever drink in order to deal with strong feelings, or to help yourself experience them? Do you feel like you may need alcohol rehabilitation to perform without the help of drugs and alcohol? Many artistic and creative people throughout history have used or abused drugs or alcohol. Now, a British book critic has set out to find an answer to the question: why are so many American authors alcoholics?
The book critic surveyed a group of famous American authors, including Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. What she found is that, for these authors, there is "a hidden relationship between the two strategies of writing and drinking, and that both had to do with a feeling that something precious had gone to pieces, and a desire at once to mend it - to give it fitness and shape, in Cheever's phrase - and to deny that it was so." So she relates these authors' drinking to their emotional states, which were often turbulent or depressive. But in several of their cases, alcohol and their own emotional problems led to tragedy: both John Berryman and Ernest Hemingway killed themselves.
Do you ever drink in order to deal with your life? Do you need alcohol to numb you? Do you ever find that you start drinking in order to calm your nerves? These could all be warning signs for alcoholism, just as they were for these authors. And though alcoholism can be deadly, the good news is that you don't have to suffer alone. 12 step alcohol counseling can help. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn about our PA rehab center, which can provide alcohol detox New Jersey residents can easily access. We can help arrange transportation from OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT.