“We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self seeking will slip away.” -The promises page 83 from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous
When we are drinking/using oftentimes we were full of fear and wrapped up in the bondage of this disease. We are full of anxiety, feel helpless, and are shut off from the world and our loved ones. Most of us know it is only going to get worse never better until we stop drinking and get sober. However there are many things that keep us from recovery and whether it be dependency, or fear, most of us are afraid to give up the booze. It is understandable to be afraid of letting go of something that at one point and time used to work for us in exchange for something we know nothing about or to have blind faith in this thing called recovery. At least with alcohol we know what it’s likely to do to us, and it’s familiar. Fear of change or the unknown is a big one for alcoholics but many of us can assure you that the promises have come true. There is no such thing as a helpless case. Everyone can get alcohol addiction help. We find purpose in helping others through our experiences. We care about other people and their happiness. It is no longer about us or our feelings because we know we are taken care of and are living a fulfilling life. Through 30 day rehab, AA, or an affordable rehab, the many gifts of sobriety are available for anybody who doesn’t want to live the way they are living anymore, and wants to get sober.