“We are sure that God wants us to be happy, joyous and free, We cannot suscibe that life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.” Quoted from Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 133
Life as a slave to addiction is miserable. Everyday your thoughts and actions are all controlled by that craving, that demon, that you have endlessly sworn away so many times, sometimes on a daily basis.
Freedom from an addiction can not begin until the addict is willing to admit that they are addicted, but also admit that they are powerless over alcohol or drugs and their life has become unmanageable. This is step one of AA and NA.
As a recovering addict/alcoholic I have chosen Alcoholics Anonymous as my support group and also family for maintaining my sobriety. Before becoming active in AA, I had been through four different 30 day rehabilitation centers, and one outpatient treatment center. Not to mention countless detoxes.
My point is no rehab was going to work, because I was not ready to stop using alcohol and drugs. After my fifth rehab, I used again for about 4 months. I had finally hit my bottom, I was so sick of drinking and using. I hated myself and was ready to die. I had lost my family, my job, and any inkling of self respect.
I finally used all that information that had been crammed in my head at each rehab. It was all basically the same exact training for life. Attend AA or NA meeting, 90 meetings in your first 90 days clean. Find a sponsor, someone who will guide you through the 12 steps, as well as be there for you around the clock, not just during your early days of recovery but throughout. recovery. Find a home group, a meeting you attend weekly and eventually do service work for(make coffee, set up chairs, ext.). Of course the most important thing of all don’t pick up that first drink or drug. You can’t get drunk or high if you don’t pick up.
Start with these thing and you will be well on your way to being joyous and free of addiction but, (there’s always a but isn’t there) you’ve taken away the drink and drugs and there is still yourself isn’t there? The drinking and drugging was only part of the problem, you will start working on yourself also. A lot of this can and will be done through the 12 steps but therapy and medical help through a psychiatrist, can also be helpful. Make sure you use one knowledgeable about addiction.
With this information you can be on your way to living life joyous and free from addiction. It all starts with the first day though. Learn to live life one day at a time, don’t burden youself with more than this, yesterday is gone and the tomorrow is to far away. Most importantly (I’ll be redundant here) don’t pick up that first drink or drug, you won’t get high without it.