Before my alcohol treatment, I had no idea what it could be like to live a life sober. Before my alcohol treatment, I had no idea how beautiful recovery could be. The community of support that is built is nearly impenetrable. It is like your souls are connected: all suffering from the same ailment, all looking for the same answer, all looking for the same hope. The friends that I made during my alcohol treatment are like family. I have no doubt that we were meant to meet. While I would never wish addiction, or the trials and tribulations thereof, upon anyone, I am almost thankful that it took me to where I am today. Without my alcohol treatment and the people that I met along my recovery path, I would not appreciate the life that I have today; I would not have the life that I have today. I am sure that I would be six feet underground by now.
Part of what I love about recovery is that it seems like everywhere you go and everything you do, you are not alone. You are always meeting new people in recovery. You are always learning about new people who you already knew, but had no idea that they were in recovery! I caught a quote by one of my favorite actresses, Jaime Lee Curtis, that surprised me today:
“My recovery is the single greatest accomplishment in my life. And without that, the rest of my life would have fallen apart. Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in a shambles and you have to change it. Recovery and motherhood are the two single greatest things in my life.”