*******Disclaimer! This is my opinion only! I don’t speak for anyone else, any organization, and I have no training or education in medicine or psychology!*******
Sometimes I feel like the only unmedicated person in my world. I take no prescriptions and not much over the counter anything. I have no chronic conditions that require medications yet, aside from annoying allergies. I’m sure there’s plenty wrong with me, and that a doctor or psychologist or psychiatrist could find lots to medicate.
It’s my own personal experience that I have to remember the terror of not being able to stop drinking. When I experienced that somewhat sanely, it was terrifying, and that’s what it should be, for someone who wants to live. It’s hard to remember, decades later, but it was dramatic enough to stay with me, and that’s part of what has kept me sober.
I have dental problems and I have to go to the dentist every three months. I haven’t had laughing gas for years, but I used to get it regularly. Every time it hit my central nervous system I decided that as soon as I was done, I was going to go drink. That drug effected me dramatically, because I have an alcoholic brain. Every time I came down from the gas I returned to my senses and did not go drink, but that experience tells me it’s right there, waiting to grab me again.
I had Demerol in labor, and whatever they give you to put you under for surgery. Pain pills after surgery, and that’s pretty much it for me so far. I know I could legitimately get a doctor to prescribe something for my pain, my anxiety, my sleeplessness. I may do that some day.
But I can name many people who went out after using legitimately prescribed and needed drugs. It can happen, and sometimes I’m sure it’s not the fault of the person who does it. We can’t all have our medications held by someone and doled out to us as prescribed. And taking things as prescribed has also lead to relapse. It just has.
It will be a bit of a surprise to some people that the spirit of AA is that is a person takes a mood-changing, mind-altering drug that has not been prescribed and/or is not needed, that person is not considered to be sober in AA, even though he or she has not taken a drink. But that’s the way it is. These drugs change our mood or our mind and so we are not sober, and will probably soon drink.