30 Days of Recovery

To someone struggling with addiction here are a three things that have helped me,

A really common belief among addicts and alcoholics is that we are suffering alone. I remember feeling like no one could possibly understand the pain and fear I was going through. I couldn’t be helped; I was alone in this disease. I remember distinctively the day I realized that there were so many people out there going through the same thing I was. My first AA meeting, I sat in the dim room looking around at everyone in shock. There are people just like me, I thought. The words coming out of their mouths were describing me, my pain, my story. I couldn’t believe other people felt the same way I did. I sat there and cried. Even though this was only the first step to my long of recovery, it was a moment I will never forget.

Even if you experience hard times, remember that you are not alone in your addiction.

Admitting that needing the support of others is not weakness. It shows wisdom and discretion in sorting out which times you need to turn to others and which times you don’t. I remind myself that everyone needs help at some point in their lives, and it is strength rather than a personal failure to seek it. When we get caught up in our own pain and don’t ask for help, we just end up hurting everyone around us.

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.

In times of pain, fear, and uncertainty it’s easy to believe that these feelings will stay awhile. Something what keeps me going is taking into account that these uncomfortable feelings are temporarily. Life is not a continuous straight line, there will be bumps and valleys, and that’s life. But remember that things constantly change. Your biggest worry from two weeks ago you might never have to encounter again. But do consider the fact that the longer you are in recovery, the easier it will be to work through these feelings in a positive manner.

Change is inevitable, progress is optional.

By, Goldie B.