A common theme that is prevalent in many addicts and alcoholics who have progressed into their disease is a feeling of being alone. At one time it may have been fun but there comes a point when the party ends. What began as a wild journey has now evolved into a lonely road of desperation and sorrow. The social aspect of using ends and we are left alone with only the drink and drug to keep us company. This can become a very dark time.
Isolation is one of the many tell-tale signs of addiction. Isolation takes people away from loved ones and friends, separating them from the people that love and support them. It is a sign that the disease of addiction has progressed. Many alcoholics and addicts see the isolation and loss of relationships as a very dark bottom. This can be difficult to come out of but it can also be used as motivation for sobriety in the future. Looking back on the desperation and isolation can be more than enough for someone to want or remain sober. It can be very helpful to remind ourselves what road this disease leads us down, in order for us to never return.
Nowhere To Go?
Reaching an emotional bottom can leave an individual feeling hopeless. They may want to give up or question if they will ever be able to break the cycle of addiction. This is one of the loneliest and darkest times in the story of an addict. It may feel as if there is nowhere to go, no one to turn to for help, and nothing that can be done. Some succumb to these feelings and don’t do anything to try and change the situation they have gotten themselves into.
Ending The Suffering
Drug and alcohol addiction is an uphill battle fought from within. The first step to recovery is to surrender and admit there is a problem. Recovering from addiction can be made simpler with support. Gaining the necessary help and tool is essential when trying to build a foundation in sobriety.
There are many resources that can help someone struggling with addiction to get back on their feet. Recovery is everywhere and the rooms of the 12-step fellowships are always open. It is not an easy journey to embark on but once the momentum has started it can be life altering. Sobriety changes lives. It’s easy to look into the future and not be able to comprehend how you will remain sober. That is why the fellowships live by a motto of one day at a time. If we stay in the present moment and focus on never returning to the loneliness and desperation we were once trapped in it gives us a fighting chance.