“The idea that somehow someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be has to be smashed.” -More About Alcoholism pg 30 from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
Many of us wish to believe we are normal and can drink like others. Like the big book says, it’s the great obsession of every abnormal drinker and it usually leads to insanity or death. To admit we are alcoholics and that we are defeated are possibly two of the hardest things an alcoholic can admit to in their lives. Yet it is the most vital step when it comes to recovery. It’s amazing the power that this liquid has over us. We know that it destroys us yet we seek out ways to prove otherwise. We have a disease that tells us we don’t have a disease. If that’s not insanity then what is? When we finally surrender and get sober we often feel for a short period of time more lost than ever. Perhaps that’s something alcohol addiction help, or a 30 day rehab could help us with. Structure is always good in the beginning. Many of us alcoholics fall by the wayside and lose our lives to this disease but you don’t have to be one of them. There are so many other options available such as drug rehab in California, or AA. There is even support available for family of addicts. Whatever route you choose you can be in the minority rather than the majority .You can recover, and lead an amazing, happy and joyous life.