Alcoholism Drunk in Church




This dream is about being in a state of severe depression where a history of alcoholism, addiction and severe depression in my own behavior and that of my family of origin had an impact on my ability to function.

The Dream – Alcoholism “Drunk in Church”

Plane Crash

Starts out I was on an airplane that made a crash landing – no one was hurt – I assume we must have landed in a green grass field , but don’t seem to be aware of the details.

In Church Drinking – Alcoholism

then I am in church – St John’s parish – I am in the back waiting for my mother – she is very old and I am driving her around – I have a bottle of Jack Daniel’s which just has a little whiskey left in it –I am sneaking sips and put it against the wall underneath the pew – at first I am trying to figure out how to sneak the bottle out under my trench coat – but then I decide it might be better to leave it there for next time. Water in dripping down from above and I am afraid it will dilute the strength – there is no cap for bottle and maybe a ½ inch of whiskey left – my mother comes out of back – priest is there and I am afraid they will smell alcohol on my breath – I go out the side door – church was kind of empty at this point-

“The Mass is Ended, Go In Denial”

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Then I am on the other side of the church – and mass is letting out – I can’t wait for people to begin to leave – so I get up and go outside front door – mom is close by – I am waiting for people to ask me about the plane crash – to explain how I did not have any cut or bruises, but no one asks – we get to the car – parked way down front in front of bushes by Sergeant road – mom says something about how unusual the sky is, “pretty clouds” – and I notice that these are not clouds but pillars of smoke coming from two houses that are on fire – traffic is jammed getting out of parking lot – because of fire – trees and telephone wires are also beginning to catch fire – and everybody is in danger – I am a bit drunk still and hope it will not affect my driving- Can’t move car at first because of traffic –I think of driving across front of church lawn to go around back of church – around side away from parking lot – then traffic clears in front of me on Sergeant Road – so I just pull out from lawn –

Mental Breakdown – Car Stops

About to pass where bakery and stores were and suddenly the car rolls into parking space and I am so drunk that I cannot move – I am hoping my mother only thinks I am sleepy – then I notice another structure is on fire over on Eastern Avenue across from bakery – But I am so tired and drunk that I slump over and cannot move – I am telling myself that I have to get it together – that the police might come – I feel like I should be able to handle the little amount of alcohol that I had – and am trying to pull myself up – I am struggling very hard to pull myself into upright position – then I am really trying to move my body and I wake myself up in reality – I woke up from dream and sleep

Psychoanalytic Dream Interpretation: for Alcoholism “Drunk in Church”

The burning houses are perhaps…

Dream Interpretation |St__Mark_Methodist_Church_781_Peachtree_Street_NEthe wreckage of the past that my father’s alcoholism created – mom and myself are trying to get to safety – my father was the one who would go to church drunk – I only went stoned one time – and he was the one that drove drunk frequently – I only did it a couple of times – he hid bottles all around the house (typical sign of alcoholism) I never had to do this – –

The Air Crash

Airplane crashing is my life going down and crashing – want people to know what I’ve been through – in the dream, I am waiting for people to ask me how I survived, but no one seems to want to know. No cuts and bruises because my real injury is mental, not physical. In reality, I put a lot of the blame on my early development, especially my relationship with my father, in the dream we are trying to get away from the burning wreckage – and stumble upon more as we make our escape – it is all around us. I was ‘overwhelmed’ by an accumulation of trauma at the time of the dream. This was a very dark period in my life.

My Alcoholism

I am passed out at wheel, barely conscious – but fighting feeling of completely giving in to blackout / sleep – am really drowsy but still fighting – feel like I should not be this bad off – I only had a little (but bottle was almost empty) and that I should have been able to hold such a small quantity of whiskey a little better. Trying to appear to my mother that I am not drunk and hoping she will not notice that I cannot move on – that the car stopped for some other reason and it just happened to pull into a parking space – while the danger was still around us.

Severe Depression, but Sober

I am stalled in life – and can’t seem to get up – I feel like this should not be happening – I should have been able to handle the punches that were thrown at me. I am in a state of extreme depression – incapacitated. Don’t want my mother to know that I can’t really function in life any longer, and want to pull myself up and drive on, but my body and mind are dead weight – but I am trying to jerk my body up. I actually physically do this and wake myself up out of sleep and dream –

Cars, in dreams, are often symbols of where your life is going or how it is going along. In this case, the car stops moving, it is not ‘going along’ which was an accurate metaphor for where my life was at the time – on hold or broken down – not going anywhere surrounded by the overwhelming disasters taking place.

The Denial

My mom says how unusual (pretty) the sky and cloud formations are when it is the smoke of all these burning houses – her denial of my father’s problems and not really facing any of them – she wanted to ignore them – pretend that they did not exist – so she could paint a picture like everything was OK.

Wanting People to Ask about the Air Crash

One of the problems, when one grows up with alcoholism in the family is that there is so much denial around alcoholism. As a child, at times you become unsure of your own reality. Traumatic events occur and they were are mentioned again – there is no attempt at any resolution to some really crazy behavior – as if it never occurred. Then you begin to wonder if they ever did occur – what was real, what wasn’t; but you know they actually did occur. A cardinal rule of family alcoholism is that you can never ask about these events – it will only bring on rage or denial. Therefore, there seems to be a compulsion to tell other people which may explain why I want them to inquire about the air crash in the beginning of the dream – to get a sense of myself as a reality check which was impossible in the environment of family alcoholism.

This dream was from several years ago and through the help of psychotherapy and medications I have been able to move on with my life. It is now July 2014 and I really have not had any depression for well over a year. If fact, I am excited about life again and I am creative and productive once again. Oh, almost forgot to mention, I still go to my Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

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Major Depressive Disorder as defined by Wikipedia

Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known simply as depression, is a mental disorder characterized by at least two weeks of low mood that is present across most situations.[1] It is often accompanied by low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, low energy, and pain without a clear cause.[1] People may also occasionally have false beliefs or see or hear things that others cannot.[1] Some people have periods of depression separated by years in which they are normal while others nearly always have symptoms present.[2] Major depressive disorder can negatively affects a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping or eating habits, and general health.[1][2] Between 2-7% of adults with major depression die by suicide,[3] and up to 60% of people who die by suicide had depression or another mood disorder.[4]

The cause is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.[1] Risk factors include a family history of the condition, major life changes, certain medications, chronic health problems, and (alcoholism) substance abuse.[1][2] About 40% of the risk appears to be related to genetics.[2] The diagnosis of major depressive disorder is based on the person’s reported experiences and a mental status examination.[5] There is no laboratory test for major depression.[2]Testing, however, may be done to rule out physical conditions that can cause similar symptoms.[5] Major depression should be differentiated from sadness which is a normal part of life and is less severe.[2] The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for depression among those over the age 12,[6][7] while a prior Cochrane review found insufficient evidence for screening.[8]

Typically, people are treated with counselling and antidepressant medication.[1] Medication appears to be effective, but the effect may only be significant in the most severely depressed.[9][10] It is unclear whether medications affect the risk of suicide.[11] Types of counselling used include cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) and interpersonal therapy.[1][12] If other measures are not effective electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be tried.[1] Hospitalization may be necessary in cases with a risk of harm to self and may occasionally occur against a person’s wishes.[13]

Major depressive disorder affected approximately 253 million (3.6%) of people in 2013.[14] The percentage of people who are affected at one point in their life varies from 7% in Japan to 21% in France.[15] Lifetime rates are higher in the developed world (15%) compared to the developing world (11%).[15] It causes the second most years lived with disability after low back pain.[16] The most common time of onset is in a person in their 20s and 30s. Females are affected about twice as often as males.[2][15] The American Psychiatric Association added “major depressive disorder” to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980.[17] It was a split of the previous depressive neurosis in the DSM-II which also encompassed the conditions now known as dysthymiaand adjustment disorder with depressed mood.[17] Those currently or previously affected may be stigmatized.[18]



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