Today’s reflection is about making a change. Alcoholics are not happy with their lives, and they know that they need to make a change in order to be happy. Making that change can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the end.
Today, focus on making one small change that will make you happier. It might be something as simple as taking a different route to work or eating lunch at a different restaurant. Just make sure that the change is something that you want to do, and not something that someone else wants you to do.
Change for the sake of change usually doesn’t last long. Make today the day that you start making changes for the better!
Daily Reflections February 5
He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 152
Achieving sobriety was the only way to save me from being trapped in a life of addiction. The fear and confusion I felt as an active alcoholic were constant companions, but more importantly, they blocked any potential for happiness or contentment that could be achieved with just one drink.
A total acceptance came over me when it became clear how much damage alcohol had done–and continues doing every day because we are powerless against its effects until recovery begins on this very first line: “Alcoholics Anonymous is our best chance.”
Alcoholism is a disease that affects family, friends, and society in general. Addiction to alcohol can only be overcome with an honest acceptance of it as a chronic condition requiring ongoing management.
The author shares her experience on how this came about for her—it had nothing to do with willpower or denial! It was by accepting alcoholism as one’s own personal responsibility that she recovered.