|....on the road to recovery|
I was at a meeting one evening when a speaker told his story of recovery. He spoke of being in a treatment center, then like so many others, he left and was out in the real world... beginning a whole new way of life. A sober life. No alcohol or drugs to be used as coping mechanisms.
He went on to say that, after a brief few days, he had a shocking, and terrifying realization come to him: He did not know how to do sober.
I have heard people on many occasions explain this challenging situation that occurs early in recovery. However, the description, I didn't know how to do sober really struck home and still does.
I had to learn how to - be a father, a husband, a brother, an employee; a person who gets angry, has hurt feelings, gets depressed, gets lonely, has a miserable day, has things happen that causes waves of fear; a person who needs to socialize at social events, who wants to enjoy sporting events, concerts, picnics and parties.
Hard for us to do all these things without the crutch of alcohol and drugs. Without numbing ourselves and missing the full experiences of life.
How are you doing "doing life sober"?