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Don’t Give Up!

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 02 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Don't Give Up On Sobriety

Whether you are facing the possible foreclosure of your home, recently lost your job, or you have no idea how you will put gifts under the tree this holiday season, do not give up.

If you have a God of your own understanding, as referred to in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, you know that your God is bigger than any problem, and if he is not, you can trade him in for a bigger God who can handle it all.

By the way, if you don’t have faith in your higher power, I have a lot in mine, so you can borrow some of my faith.

During times of stress the only option not worth choosing is drinking alcohol or consuming drugs. Returning to the bottle or to drugs will only make your problems worse.

Let’s face it, if you choose to drink or consume drugs you turn your back on life. Alcohol and drugs are fast routes to further destruction and often death. Although the feelings may temporarily disappear, the problem will be there in the morning, along with an annoying hangover and more devastating destruction, such as incomprehensible demoralization.

If you think that the path of sobriety is not worth it, think again! Not only is it worth, it is the only alternative for people like us, who will otherwise surely drive our lives into oblivion.

Suicide is no way out either. You are sure to leave behind people who love and depend on you, if only for emotional well-being, not to mention people, perhaps even children, who will be impacted by your choice for the rest of their lives; they may even enter the ugly abyss of addiction themselves. That is not what you want, right?!

Well then, take a deep breath and with genuine sincerity ask God for help. It is as simple as “God please help me.” Then look for evidence of his help arriving; it will be there! It might not arrive as you may expect it so try not to rely on specifics. Just ask for what you need, or ask for guidance or direction, then let go.

Let go of the worry, anxiety, fear, obsession or depression.

Take the next indicated step which may be as simple as getting out of bed, then getting into the shower, and so forth. You will be surprised how things begin to unfold…..a sudden phone call, a knock at the door, an opportunity, and so forth.

Just don’t give up, and believe!

Perhaps you might even go to meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous if you can. There is no safer place than a room of Alcoholics Anonymous when you are paralyzed by fear. Take that one hour to breathe and focus on what matters.

Or, pick up The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Whatever page you open to will be just what you need.

If you happen to have just begun, don’t give up, this is as bad as it will get. If fact, from here it will get much easier!

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us. We want to help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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