Recovery from addiction is about so much more than just not drinking or using. It’s about making a connection with the ONE Who has all power.
When you still act like a thug, or a whore, or a gangster, player…well, just keep coming back, work the steps, and stick close to your Sponsor. Some people say “everybody’s selling something”. What are you selling?
The “lifestyle” of addiction takes many people to their deaths, may e even more easily because they *THINK* they’re good.
The difference between being “sober” and being “dry” can be subtle, but deadly. I’ve been around long enough to see both. Usually people who *just don’t pick up* will turn to other things to take the place of their drug (or drink) of choice, things like food, sex (or non-stop, revolving relationships), shopping, or something else that’s not as obviously detrimental as what they used to do.
Sobriety is a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual thing. Not necessarily in that order.
There are so many hurting people, every where you turn.
Without the relief I found in drugs and alcohol, albeit temporary, I never would have lived long enough to find the Solution for Living. In order to find a long-term solution for alcoholism/addiction, I had to stop using AND then address the mental illness and Complex-PTSD that I’d acquired along the way. One day at a time.
Sound like a tall order? Maybe. But if it’s your only hope, and you make up your mind to hang around with people (aka “stick with the Winners”) who are DOING IT, then it’s absolutely doable.
This weekend, I’m grateful for the men and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.
I’m also thinking about the ones who made it back home and NEED their community to support them. Veterans have an unnecessarily high rate of addiction, and (because it’s what alkie/druggies often do) premature death, whether by overdose, alcohol poisoning, SBC, or something else…avoidable.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.
I aim to continue making a difference. By the grace of God. It’s all I can do.