The Way to Go

Becoming clean and sober is important - no question about that. The operative definition of sober is "abstaining from alcohol and drugs", and if you want to save your life, clearly that's the first change you'll need to make. But who, other than a funeral director, would want to live the other (dictionary) definition of sober: "serious, solemn, grave"? No, recovery isn't only about becoming clean, sober, and solemn. It's about living a better life - about loving relationships, satisfying work, invigorating play, about good health and good spirits. Of course you can't build this better life without getting sober. But it's equally true that you can't stay sober without building a better life. You can't, our experience shows, have one without the other. Treatment for the disease of alcoholism/addiction is, in fact, unique in that it not only eliminates the symptoms of the illness but has the potential to make life better than it has ever been before. It takes time, patience, and hard work. And with a solid recovery, you can:

  • Regain the freedom to make choices

  • Begin to find pleasure in friends, family, nature, art, music, work, etc

  • Rediscover peace of mind -- or discover it for the very first time

  • Escape from fears of people, of new experiences, and of financial insecurity

  • Benefit from a new honesty in your relationships

  • Stop pitying yourself and start caring about others

  • Achieve liberation by giving up your need to control people, events, everything about your life

  • Become comfortable with yourself and with others; feel loving and be able to accept love

  • Learn to solve life's problems with thoughtful actions instead of blotting them out with chemicals

  • And (possibly most important of all) learn how to break the cycle of addictive behavior handed down from parent to child so that your children, or the grandchildren you already have, will not have to suffer as you have

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