The disease of alcoholism is alive and well inside me even when abstaining from mind altering substances.
It took me many relapses to finally see what that meant for myself and to have enough willingness to treat it.
The day can be perfect. I can wake up with a beautiful day before me, read spiritual literature, be grateful to God for my life and my sobriety and hold tremendous hope for the day ahead.
All it takes is a second and a thought and I’m in my alcoholism. I’m consumed with the past, the pain, the “mistakes”, the darkness, the fear, the things that “happened to me”. My ego, self and thinking have taken over and all of a sudden I am overwhelmed with the perception that things are not okay.
Thoughts happen, a lot of thoughts at a rapid rate, and they circulate around and around in my mind.
I’m for a time, convinced that I should be in guilt, shame and unhappiness for the life I’ve lived. Hope disappears and I feel like I can’t participate in the day.
These thoughts override everything, when in reality, nothing has changed.
I doubt myself, my choices, my path and I just want to crawl deep inside myself, alone and sink into thinking my way out of it, or perhaps not anything like that but just staying there.
It’s a miserable place to be. I want to retreat from life.
It never fails that when I am focused on self, how I am possibly going to get what I want and need, I get miserable and fearful very quickly.
So what do I do?
Thank God I have the answers laid out before me. Thank God I am now aware of when this is my alcoholism because when I am coming from a place of my spirit, witnessing this occurring, I can take action to release myself from this needless suffering.
I can bring my body and my spirit and my mind has no choice but to follow.
I can move towards God away from self and selfishness. I can reach out to others with light and love.
Between the fight of ego and spirit, the one that wins is the one I feed.
So all I have to do is choose to feed the light within me.
The light burns brighter and the darkness fades.
The only thing I know that cuts through darkness is to shine a light where it lives.