I have been sober for three years and I am still learning how to live without alcohol. Some days are easier than others, but there is always something to be grateful for.
This blog post will help you get through the day with some of my thoughts and feelings about sobriety.
I hope this blog post can offer some encouragement on your journey towards sobriety or that it helps you understand what an alcoholic is going through when they’re not drinking anymore.
Daily Reflections April 11
To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time. We could perceive them quickly in others, but only slowly in ourselves. First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating. Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 47
My fourth step was a difficult one.
I spent most of my life holding on to immense anger and hatred for others, blaming them for not being able to succeed like they should have been capable of doing just because they were in the same situation as me or had different skin color than mine.
It took some time but eventually during this exercise I realized that it wasn’t anyone’s fault but my own that led me into such sorrowful times – which is why when working out these issues with God himself through prayer helped so much more than anything else could ever do, at least up until now anyway!
I was excited about the positive changes in my life.
As I continued to work on the 12 Steps, I learned that it wasn’t anyone else’s fault-even though for a while there, drinking had been an escape from all those ugly feelings of shame and neglect.
But when you sober up and do your inventory? All these toxic emotions just melt away without any need for someone or something outside yourself like alcohol!
I hope that you can see the value in taking your Fourth Step and working through it.
If you are struggling with addiction, or have been sober for a while but feel like something is missing from your life, now may be an opportunity to explore how this step could help you move forward on your journey of recovery.
As always we’re here to support.