Out of addiction comes connection
There is nothing like walking a mile in someone else's shoes to really understand and have empathy for someone else's problems and pain.
Addiction is one of those experiences that no one can really fathom until they have been through it themselves. 'Why do you drink?' 'Why do you use drugs?' 'Why do you do this to yourself?' will be asked over and over by family and friends.
The answer is as simple as it is complex – because they're addicts.
When two or more addicts gather to speak about their problem, something magical happens. Truths are spoken, stories are shared, tears and laughter flow easily. Denial, a pillar of the disease of addiction, fades away amid heartbreaking and honest revelations of pain, loneliness and despair. Smiles break open tired and weary faces when they realise that getting clean and sober is actually possible.
As one addict helps another through the raw and challenging days of early recovery, a bond forms, leading to a connection that can last a lifetime. Relationships with loved ones that were tested and broken begin to heal. Light shines into once dark corners. Hope rises. In recovery, there is a new connection to the world and life itself.