It is indisputable that we acted irresponsibility while we were active. The destruction caused by us was often wide ranging. Relationships with family and friends were often negatively impacted. Personal property and the property of others was often damaged or destroyed. Laws were often disregarded with serious consequences.
When we finally entered the program, we began to fully understand the consequences of our drug of choice. We had varied reactions to this fact. Some of us fell into depression over the havoc we had wreaked. Others walked around in guilt, shame and embarrassment. There was a lot of anger directed towards ourselves.
Many of us felt that our lives would never be able to recover from our actions. We reacted by embarking on a path of personal penance. We even denied ourselves many of life’s simple pleasures with the hope we would finally achieve forgiveness through this path.
Over time we saw that this route did not represent true sobriety. One of the main benefits of sobriety was that we could live a well adjusted life. This is included the satisfaction of healthy relationships and the ability to enjoy and maintain personal property that gave us pleasure. Sobriety did not require us to live the life of a lonely aesthetic.
Personal Reflection: Do I treat myself with the kindness I deserve?