Adieu for Now

Special notice to say that is me for now – I am taking time out.

Six years of constant research has left me tired and in need of a change in my life. I need to get more hands on in helping others.

I am leaving behind a library of info on my blogs which I will maintain long term – all one needs to essentially know about the neuropsychology of addictive behaviour and recovery I believe is there if one roots around – dealing with distress via serenity is the key ultimately.

Hopefully I have helped shine some light on how recovery changes the brain for the better – ultimately long term recovery involves the rational management of our, at times, errant emotions and accompanying cognitive distortions.

Hopefully I have also shown some ways this can be achieved in recovery.

Recovery is possible and even long lasting if one works at it.

We have a distress based condition which requires constant management, a head that can run away with itself and have to be retrieved via letting go of self willed distress and errant thinking. Recovery is a process which can only happen one day at a time.

So we have all only got today.

May this day be filled with serenity, the perfect antidote to distress and with love for the people in your people with hopefully some for yourself too.

Feeling good about yourself, giving yourself a break, are good ways to recover a sense of self that is not distorted and jaundiced by our addiction.

We may have addicted brains but we can have recovering minds which can create for us a life we could never have envisaged

So one step in front of the other and let recovery take you somewhere you have never been before, become a person you have never know nor been before.

God bless all of you on your life journeys, in your recovery discoveries.

Have courage, hope and faith and all will be well!

Thank you for reading, commenting on and following my work. I have enjoyed getting to know some of you and I wish you all well in our lives, your recoveries and in your journeys of discovery.

If you need to contact me I am on facebook and twitter.

Paul x


  1. feelingmywaybackintolife · June 26, 2015

    Dear Paul,
    I am sorry to hear that you want to leave but obviously when it is enough it is enough. You have certainly brought us more than your share in knowledge. It has been a pleasure meeting you online and I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for that. I wish you succes in your new endevours. 🙂
    Again, thank for walking this road before me and sharing your knowledge.

    • alcoholicsguide · June 26, 2015

      thank you for your lovely comments, it has been a pleasure getting to know you too! We have hit it off, Please feel free to stay in touch via email – – facebook and twitter, that would be great. I will still be hanging out here, just not researching for the foreseeable future. I will also pop over to your blog and see how you are getting on. I just need some prolonged time out but have not disappeared completely . Hugs to you too, Paul x

  2. Lori K · June 26, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge of alcoholism, I know your posts have helped me, and so many others!

  3. alcoholicsguide · June 26, 2015

    Hi Lori thank you for your comments, that means so much to me knowing my research and blogging has been of some use to others. That was why I did this in the first place. I have just got a bit exhausted with researching stuff. I need to step back and chill and let my HP point in the next right direction. Thank you also for being a constant supporter and follower of my blogs, you have helped keep me going. God bless Paul.

  4. Tosh · June 26, 2015

    That’s sad that you’re taking a break; I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles and learnt so much from them. I hope you enjoy your well-earned rest and thank you for your service. Regards, Tosh (sober 6 years and 2 days thanks to A.A.).

  5. alcoholicsguide · June 26, 2015

    Hi Tosh thank you for your kind comments. I am really glad to hear you got something from my blogs. I feel I need a break from research blogging but I will get back to blogging about recovery after I have had some time out. So some more recovery blogs will be coming your way later in the year. Paul

  6. Emotional Sobriety and Food · June 26, 2015

    Good luck to you on your journey! I prefer to think this is “a bien tot” and not “adieu.” I have enjoyed your writing and our exchanges of ideas. I hope you have completed your doctorate and we can now call you “Dr. Paul Henry!” May you trudge the road to happy destiny……

    • alcoholicsguide · June 27, 2015

      journey was short lived – part of review of life direction meant leaving PhD – still write theoretical articles with Professors in another Uni in UK- could not justify another 4 years measuring a neurochemical in a part of the brain which may or may not have anything to do with anything!? will apply research ideas more to treatment now I think. Paul

  7. Mary · June 27, 2015

    Thank you! I came to your blog as you were nearing the end. I always enjoyed seeing a notice for a new post in my Inbox. Addiction / attachment concept, very interesting. I forwarded several of your posts to other people interested in sobriety. Best wishes for your other work. Mary

    • alcoholicsguide · June 27, 2015

      I have had a change of heart Mary and will be continuing to blog on recovery – thank you for your kind comments. So I will be appearing in your inbox again one of these days after I have had a rest. Paul

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