Of the numerous excuses we use to justify alcohol addiction, the idea that recovery represents a type of deprivation is by far the silliest in my opinion. Obviously, I didn’t always believe that, especially during the times when Jack was my only real comfort that made sense in my life. In fact, even before my drinking problem got out of hand, I felt that life without its little pleasures had no meaning.
No, You’re Not Going to Prison
Although I agreed to undergo a rehab treatment, it didn’t mean I was comfortable with the idea. Days before I was admitted to the center I used to think that life in recovery was nothing short of serving a prison sentence. Since the whole point of rehab was to get me off alcohol, it didn’t make sense why I agreed to put myself through this ordeal voluntarily. Why would I allow myself to be deprived of the only thing that I truly wanted? I don’t know, but I’m surely glad I took this step before it was too late.
While alcohol deprivation seemed like the end of the world back then, the truth is that it’s nothing more than a logical fallacy. This view on sobriety is just a misconception and the more you sink into it, the more illogical reasons you will use to justify your addictive behavior. Sober living is not about deprivation and boredom, but about putting an end to self-destruction.
It’s been almost five years since the moment I decided to go to rehab for the first time. Even though recovery for me had its ups and downs and I did relapse several times, I also discovered a new facet of life I never knew existed. Recovery is an ongoing process during which you learn many new and interesting things. However, before that you have to adhere to the limitations imposed in rehab centers. While it’s tough the first time, it’s nothing like going to prison.
Recovery Brings Happiness in Your Life
Months after my first rehab experience, when I was working on emotional sobriety, I realized that being sober is like waking up from a nightmare. Rather than think about the ‘happy’ times I used to have going bar hopping with my friends, I started living life in the present. Instead of seeing Jack as the only true friend in my life who could fully understand me, I came to realize that my dedication to our relationship was the reason to my previous miserable existence.
Now that Jack is history, I started exploring new hobbies and interests for which I never had time before. In fact, I’m proud to say that with the help of my father I managed to set up a neat woodworking shop inside the empty shed in my backyard. I’ve always enjoyed creating things from wood and my newfound hobby is quite rewarding. Each time I finish a project, regardless how small, I can’t help but feel a great deal of satisfaction.
Exploring your hobbies, and occupying your mind and time with things you truly enjoy is one of the greatest things recovery has to offer. If you’re confused or feeling blurry about life in early recovery, then I highly recommend you delve into your interests and hobbies.