In the midst of our addiction we walked around with blinders on. We saw nothing else but what we wanted to see, ourselves. Our life seemed so much more important than anything else. What mattered the most to us was the drink or the drug. If anyone got in the way of that we either pushed them away or completely removed ourselves from them. Our happiness, our comfort and our “problems” always came first.
Even after getting sober we can still be selfish especially if we are not working a program. The only way to remove the selfishness that has been such a large part of our life is to go to meetings, work the steps and help others. Once we begin our journey of recovery and do all the things that make us selfless rather than selfish, we learn a very valuable lesson: the world and everyone in it is not contingent upon us; the world does not revolve around us.
Clearbrook’s Quick Fact:
In 2009, there were 2.6 million people aged 12 or older who used non medical prescription drugs including pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives for the first time within the past year which averages out to around 7,000 new users per day.