Although it can be cathartic to finally quit an addiction, for most people in recovery there will be plenty of emotional ups and downs especially in the first few months of entering rehab. Addiction recovery is a very difficult but rewarding path for people who have spent years of their lives coping with alcohol or drug dependency.
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For people attending twelve step support groups, they may have heard or read the phrase "half measures availed us nothing." This is part of passage in the Big Book providing people instructions on how to have a more successful recovery.
Recovery from addiction can easily become an overwhelming process. It involves unlearning a habit you have spent many hours unconsciously developing. It is going without the very thing you thought you could not live without.
Songs, literature, and movies frequently glamorizes drug and alcohol use, often showing the "highs" and "fun" without drawing attention to the hard realities of an addicted life. This leads many people to view a lifestyle of substance abuse and addiction in unrealistic ways, assuming it's the gateway to a fun lifestyle filled with interesting people and exciting adventures.
A certain amount of self-absorption is normal. It is natural for all people to see the world through their own experience and perspective, and care about their own good.