Alcoholism without the alcohol or sobriety without recovery? Very different concepts, but also one in the same. It’s kind of the same concept as staying clean by living dirty and staying dirty by living clean. Or even better, the difference between being a good person who sometimes acts wicked versus an evil person that occasionally does something noble. They are night and day concepts just as Jekyll and Hyde, but still share similarities at the end of the day. This is the same as the disease of alcoholism. What version you’re getting depends whether it’s active or not.
You see, recovery from drugs and alcohol has a lot more attention to detail than most would realize from the outside looking in. It’s not just a matter of getting clean/sober. No, no, no. There’s work to be put in. That same “work” is the difference between active and inactive alcoholism, or in layman’s terms- sobriety and recovery. It is in recovery that we learn alcohol to be but a symptom of alcoholism. The problem lies within how the mind thinks. Trust the majority, alcoholism functions just fine without the fuel.
Too Much to Think
To start off, sobriety without recovery is commendable in one sense because it’s actually more difficult, but it’s also doing any proper alcoholic a disservice at the end of the day. It doesn’t fix their anger, their relationship issues, their job performance or whatever other problems have accumulated from the disease of mind. These things don’t simply disappear because we took a step in the right direction. Picture sobriety as the tourniquet that stopped the bleeding. The surgical healings of recovery are required to sew up the remaining issues.
Recovery helps us to recognize our own voice from addiction’s. It teaches us that this disease of mind has hindered our potential all this time, and that it’ll help us to discover untapped knowledge of ourselves while showing us a positive pathway to where we long to be; joy filled contributing members of society, giving instead of always taking. Picking mere sobriety over recovery is alcoholism without the alcohol at work.
One critical difference when it comes to alcoholism without the alcohol, or sobriety without the recovery, is there are loads of sober people out there that don’t practice what we like to call working an honest program. This fundamental statement can be a little more complex than it sounds. That’s just a minor example too. To be working an honest program means to be honest in all areas of your life. This means not just excluding the little daily white lies we tell people for no reason, but also being a person of integrity. People often lie without realizing it- it’s common. Again, that’s alcoholism without the alcohol at work. With the help of recovery though, you to stay mindful of these things. It teaches you that integrity is doing the same things behind closed doors as you would in front of people.