Recovery isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that recovery isn’t awesome.
Ask any of the millions of people who have gotten their lives back from getting into recovery. I would be surprised if you found anyone that told you that their life was better while they were on drugs then it is now that they aren’t. For those of us who get it, this is a new life for us. A new world and a new found happiness.
I don’t bother trying to explain what it’s like to people who have never experienced addiction. It would be like trying to describe the color blue to a man who had been born blind. Some things can not be explained, only understood. It is through experience that I share this bond with those who relate to me, and in doing so, I hope that you can relate to my words as well.
I do not shove my recovery down people’s throats. I do not puff my chest out and act as if I am better than people who chose to drink. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions in life, and that doesn’t bother me.
However, I am passionate about recovery. I am passionate about the community I belong to, and I am passionate about advocating treatment and legislation for those who may still be feeling what I remember to be the worst pain I will ever know.
Why Do I Love Recovery? Here’s why…
1 – FREEEEDDOOMM
I know it sounds cliche, but you have to understand. Recovery has given me the freedom to do whatever I want with my life.
It’s a culmination of things really, my recovery has allowed me to grow up. In doing so, I have learned how to better…
- manage my money
- manage my time
- cultivate meaningful relationships
- be responsible and be dependable with my word
- learn to better deal with fear
- learn to be grateful
- learn to be a grown up
With learning how to manage my “life skills” and with no longer being shackled by addiction, there is nothing I can’t do. These days I do what I want, when I want. All the while I am able to keep the rest of my life in order. I am not skipping around with a sense of immortality, yet I am not held back by irrational fear. I can work, earn money, travel, spend time with loved ones, exercise and generally just enjoy my life.
2 – Good Health And Simply Feeling Great
It isn’t until after I regained my health, that I realized how valuable it actually is. If you don’t have your health, then what do you have?
Granted, I have always been into fitness and exercise and I love learning about diet and sports science. I have always found it fascinating. The body is such a brilliant piece of engineering.
For those of us who aren’t into this kind of thing, there is still no denying how amazing you feel once you cleanse your system of the toxic chemicals that exist in drugs and alcohol. The drugs aside, just think about the health benefits of never drinking again. Alcohol is quite literally poisonous, not to mention all the carbs and sugars they put in beers and cocktails
You don’t have be in tip top shape or have a super model body to feel good. Once you get sober you will instantly notice that your skin will light up, your eyes will look sharper. You will notice your sleep to be more fulfilling and your days are more energized. Whether you want to take your health to the next level is up to you, but the health benefits of sobriety itself are monumental.
3 – Feeling The Love
No seriously. All my life, I was always so afraid of people.
I was afraid to be judged, I was afraid to not fit it or that I would do or say something stupid. That feeling where you want to hide in a corner and crawl out of your skin is the worst. It’s probably my biggest fear.
All You Need Is Love
– John Lennon
When you are getting sober, you need people to lean on. Quickly I learned that the best way to spend my time, was with people that made me happy. I don’t have to like everyone and not everyone has to like me, but I can tell you that it feels good to be loved.
I suggest that everyone surround themselves with people they love. I tell my family I love them. I tell my friends I love them. I am very grateful to have discovered that my biggest fear was ironically, exactly what I was searching for.
Love doesn’t have to be corny or cheesy. I allow myself today to give love and to receive it. With so many people in the world, I question how I ever thought I was alone. How did I think that I was so different and that there was no one out there who I could relate to or that I could connect with on an intimate and even spiritual level?
It’s much better this way. I find my spirituality through other people. God is Love.
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But Wait There’s More??
The truth is that we could go on and on.
I look at my life, and I just feel so lucky and so grateful. With what we have all been through, the fact that I get to wake up every day and not obsess over drugs should be enough, but the reality is that it has only gotten better and better as time goes on.
I learn more about myself, I stay connected to my faith, and I do the best I can. I am by no means perfect, and recovery doesn’t mean you have a perfect life.
However, this is a life that is better than anything I thought I would ever have or deserve. For this I am eternally grateful.