I entered the rooms of recovery a beaten up, useless, hopeless alcoholic and heroin addict. The people who greeted me did not sugar coat my situation. They told me if I never wanted to hurt from alcoholism and drug addiction ever again, I was going to have to completely surrender to a new way of life.
They also told me that it was going to be the hardest thing I would ever have to do. Nearly a decade later, I can still say it was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. But is recovery worth it?
Here I break down some of the gifts I have received from recovery for you to decide.
The obsession is gone
While I could sometimes put together short periods of abstinence from drugs or alcohol, the obsession to use them would never lift.
Recovery has finally lifted the mental obsession to drink and get high for me.
Freedom to pursue hobbies
Drug addiction and alcoholism might as well be full-time jobs, leaving absolutely no time for anything else.
Sobriety has given me the opportunity to get back into my hobbies and passions again that had long since fallen to the wayside.
Drug addiction and alcoholism essentially stole every penny and possession I had. In fact, it was only when I was dead broke I finally decided to give recovery a shot. I now no longer fear bills, get phone calls from debt collectors, and can hold onto cash for more than five minutes at a time!
The overwhelming guilt and shame that come along with addiction and alcoholism used to make me hide my head in public for fear I would run into certain people. Recovery and amends lifts these feelings, and I can sleep well at night.
Addiction and alcoholism not only life my mind in shambles, it also left my body in shambles. My health was one of the fastest things to rebound once I chose sobriety.
While I used to think I was only hurting myself, the truth is I was robbing my family of peace. My family now can sleep peacefully at night and not worry if the next phone call is going to be from the coroner.
I no longer hurt from alcoholism or drug addiction
I never thought it would be possible. I thought the first person that told me I never had to hurt from addiction or alcoholism again was full of it and going to try to sell me a bridge next.
The truth is, because of recovery, I no longer hurt from alcoholism and addiction. And not only that, my experience can be used to help others now.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.