Series Two; Blog Sixty-Seven
“I have poured my heart out ….
And now I am empty.”
― Ranata Suzuki
Recovery can be a precarious path. Dreams are dashed. Failure is encountered. Discouragement moves in like morning fog and dampens optimism. The every-day demand of a recovery program has a way of draining energy, vision, and hope. This experience is inevitable for those who brave sobriety and seek serenity. Recovery life is a mixture of peaks and valleys, success and defeat. It is a tapestry of good experience woven with heartache. The journey leaves one feeling empty along the way.
Sometimes addicts expect too much from sobriety. The anticipation of living free of addictive behavior can be so high that when it is achieved there is a letdown. The truth of daily struggle reminds the addict why they numb out in the first place. Sober living can be painful. Facing reality can be overwhelming. The exchange of healthy responsible behavior for addict-escape is stressful. There is a letdown and a feeling of emptiness. As an addict, how do I address the every-day emptiness? Here are a few realizations and suggestions to consider.
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