True love. Heartbreak. Devastating loss. Unbelievable success.
These experiences and more are just some of what awaits you in a life of recovery.
Indeed, getting clean and sober is not a guarantee that bad things won’t happen to you.
But recovery IS a promise that no matter what happens, you can get through it.
On a very basic level, recovery teaches us that feelings aren’t facts, and even the strongest emotions pass over time. We learn to sit with those emotions until they recede, like a craving gone after just a few seconds. Recovery teaches you how to get to the other side, instead of stuffing those feelings down with drugs, alcohol, and other numbing agents.
And when bigger challenges arise, like the death of a loved one or a terrifying diagnosis, the rooms of recovery provide a solution, too.
No matter what you’re going through, if you open up and share about it in a meeting, you’re likely to find someone else who has gone through it too – and made it to the other side, sobriety intact. Reach out your hand for help, advice, and the assurance that you’re not alone.
But above all, just don’t drink or use, no matter what. And you’ll live to find out that ANYTHING can be overcome by using the tools of recovery.