I never knew that recovery from drug and alcohol addiction was even possible for me. I had no concept of what living a life in recovery would look like. When I started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the friendly faces in the rooms would repeat the mantra “recovery is possible.” I would remain quiet, nod my head, and think “sure, recovery is possible for you, not me.” You see, I thought I was different — unique in some way that set me apart from the rest of the sober world. I figured there was something about me that was inherently different from you, something that would prevent me from ever achieving long-term sobriety. I now recognize that this kind of comparison is dangerous and even fatal. As long as I continued setting myself apart from the rest, I allowed my disease to take hold of me and bring me further into the depths of despair.
The truth is: I am no different from you. I am an addict and an alcoholic who is capable of recovering just as you are. And now I know from first-hand experience, that recovery is indeed possible. People can — and do — recover from addiction and mental illness. To me, the phrase “recovery is possible” holds much meaning. It empowers me on a daily basis to maintain my recovery and improve my health and well-being. Once I stopped comparing myself to others, I began to believe in this phrase, to trust in its truth and meaning. It empowered me in the early days when I was unsure of whether or not I could abstain from drinking just one day at a time.
Recovery is a lifelong journey of healing and transformation. It does not occur overnight, nor should it. Sometimes the thought of a lifelong recovery would overwhelm me; luckily, I only have to focus on today. It may be a cliche, but “one day at a time” worked for me and continues to do so. If you are struggling with addiction, try to not set yourself apart from the rest. Remember that recovery is possible for everyone.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and do not know where to turn, reach out to Addiction Intervention Now today. We can help you receive the treatment you need and deserve, and will be with you every step of the way. Call us today at (800) 208-8680.