Sobriety is a daunting intimidation at first. Everything in an alcoholic’s life depends on alcohol. The thought of living without alcohol is frightening. Living in sobriety is full of wonderful surprises that eventually lead a recovering alcoholic to wonder why they ever drank in the first place.
The disease of alcoholism tends to create a very self-centered selfish way of thinking. For recovering alcoholics, there is a bit of the chicken or the egg debate. Did a self-obsessed person create the alcoholism or did the alcoholism create a self-obsessed person? Defining self-obsession in regards to alcoholism is complex because it is not the overtly narcissistic kind of indulgence. Instead, it is masked in behaviors like insecurity, self-consciousness, codependency, low self-esteem and other character deficiencies which appear to be about others. Consequently, someone entering recovery from alcoholism will be concerned about what people will think. Remarkably, most people will not really care that you don’t drink anymore. In fact, most people will be relieved that you don’t drink anymore and will encourage your sobriety fully. The people who do seem to care and give you a hard time about your abstinence A) don’t have your best interest in mind and B) are probably triggered by your sobriety because they have a drinking problem themselves. Recovery is about dropping what no longer serves you. Pay attention to the friends who celebrate your recovery and the people who criticize your recovery. Be willing to let go of the friendships which hold you back.
I don’t know who I am without alcohol, is a thought many in recovery have had. Alcohol becomes more than something we do. For most men and women in recovery, alcohol is a part of who they are and even defines their personality.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin takes time in recovery. You’ve lived years as someone else, someone who was dictated by alcohol. There are parts of yourself you may not have ever encountered which you are meeting for the first time in recovery. Discovering yourself can be an awkward journey. With each step, you are realizing that who you are is great and you don’t need alcohol to make you any more fabulous than you already are.
The best move to make for recovery from drug abuse is the quickest move by calling and asking for help immediately. Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.
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