Now that Iím clean and sober, I can understand how alcohol addiction brings a lot of pain, and misery to you and the people you care the most about. However, undergoing rehab and putting in a lot of effort to keep myself on the right path have made me realize there can be some good that comes out of this experience.
Addiction is Not Acceptable
When I said good things can come from addiction, I didnít mean that addiction is acceptable or a desirable part of life. In fact, if I had the opportunity to go back in time and talk to the younger version of me, I would make sure I never have to undergo such anguish. What I actually meant was that the suffering you experience while fighting to stay on the straight and narrow path has motivated me to grow and develop as a human being.
Then again, this doesnít apply to all recovering alcoholics because addition is a teacher only for those who are willing and prepared to learn from it. I reached the point in which I finally managed to accept and live with my past. I believe that those years spent in the midst of addiction are not a complete waste. Instead of looking back and realizing I wasted my youth, now I see addiction as a source of learning, a cornerstone on which I can build a much better life in the future.
Addiction Has Motivated Me to Change
After spending years drawing comfort and serenity from my old pal Jack, I got to the point where I had to make a stark decision: either I let Jack go or stay true to my friend and die. Although it seemed like simple black-and-white matter, this is not just about quitting alcohol. As I learned later on, letting go of my faithful friend also implied turning my life around. If I just quit drinking and returned to the life I had before addiction, then it was just a matter of time before I relapsed or found a new addiction.
While quitting is a big decision, it was also the first step of my journey. From that point on, I had to wage a battle with myself to overcome my character flaws. Obviously, I didnít realize this in my early recovery, when I was still too self-absorbed and perhaps too focused on trying to pick up the pieces. Now, after years of sobriety, I can tell you that changing your ways is the only method of securing a life away from alcohol. Even though thereís a long road ahead of me, Iím satisfied about the fact that Iím working on reaching emotional sobriety.
Yes, You Can Get a Second Chance in Life
Thereís an old saying Ė ďthe leopard never changes its spotsĒ Ė that, frankly, is very discouraging for those in early recovery; yet this is not entirely applicable in alcohol addiction recovery. Perhaps the greatest thing Iíve learned from my addiction is that everyone can get a second chance in life, as long as they are willing to change. Regardless how dark things may seem and impossible the odds, you can undo all the wrong in your life and reinvent yourself.