“…Recovery is a gradual and pains taking process for both the person addicted to alcohol (depressive feelings) and the person addicted to the addict…I had journeyed to counselor after counselor and program after program seeking to get my husband well. But as the saying goes, “when the pain gets bad enough, you will seek the cure.” Recovery, however is looking for more than relief from the pain. In my case the cure involved a counselor, Al-Anon meetings, Al-Anon Adult children meetings, daily readings, meditations and new supportive friends. It also involved a constant struggle to be honest with myself, and to stop denying the feelings I had refused to recognize for so long. Recovery for me is a miracle. I still remember the craziness, but today my life no longer resembles a jigsaw puzzle of a thousand pieces that someone has dropped on the floor…Painful though recovery may be, it is well worth the effort and is definitely not as painful as no recovery at all.” The Forum, May 1991, Vol.39.No.5. p.11.
Comment: I know that recovery does take time and it does take work. Could this possibly be the worst thing a depressed person hears who wants to leave the prison of depression. Time and work? They tell us that they can’t even get out of bed in the morning. They have no desire to do anything, nothing, zilch! I know what that is all about. When I was depressed I too felt the pain of living like a zombie. No energy. No motivation. Stuck in my own juices of nothingness. But like the person said, quoted above, I knew that I had to do something because the pain became unbearable. That is when the 12 Steps of recovery pushed me toward a cure. They provided me a way out of my own homemade emotional prison. I had to quit denying my painful feelings and get started to work on myself. It was here at the Depressed Anonymous meeting that I was given my “toolkit” of recovery. There was no rush to get cured. There was only the desire to find a way to relieve myself from the pain of isolation and the lack of motivation to do anything for myself. My first job was to quit saddening myself. With my “toolkit” and the 12 Steps I gradually, and with time, dismantled all that was keeping me prisoner. I found the key that unlocked my prison door.
My life today is good. My feelings are no longer painful and crippling. The Depressed Anonymous Promises are true. ” …a power greater than myself restored me to sanity.”
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
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