Pink Cloud?

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 09 January 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Pink Cloud?

We have all heard about it, but what exactly is it? And, for that matter, when should one expect it?

Well, for starters, a "pink cloud" is a phrase coined by members of Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA"), otherwise known as those in the recovery community, to describe that blissful period that follows when we quit consuming drugs and alcohol.

In particular, pink clouds occur for the addict or alcoholic sometime shortly after he or she has overcome the initial hurdles of addiction - the challenges of living without drugs/alcohol, the cravings, the withdrawals, the influx of uncomfortable feelings like anger, depression, regret, nostalgia, resentment, sadness, etc, and even that period of learning to develop and use new and healthy coping strategies to live life on life's terms.

One day, following days, weeks, months, and less frequently, years……the addict wakes up with a new found perspective, based on none other than "acceptance."

The addict reaches the point where he accepts that recovery from addiction and alcoholism is the answer to his problems and the only way in which he can live his life. Suddenly we understand the concepts of recovery enough to believe that the life that we want is within reach.

In fact, due to all the AA meetings we have attended up until this point as well as the step work that we have completed, not to mention the praying that we have done, we begin to experience a reprieve from the noise in between our ears and the challenges of life.

More often than not, this feeling of reprieve is described as a constant. Although, many have described it as a feeling that comes and goes. Nevertheless, the addict/alcoholic remains vigilant about remaining sober, when the excitement and acceptance gives way to doubt, and the risk of relapse emerges, the addict/alcoholic attends more meetings, calls her sponsor, or takes a commitment at a meeting.

Personally, I think the pink cloud has more to do with perception, as one is no longer under the influence of drugs and alcohol, so he or she can see with more clarity. Suddenly the alcoholic is aware that the bright sun shining on his arm feels healing; he never noticed that in his drunken stupor.

Or, now that she is not so concerned with obtaining her next heroin fix, she can see that she has so many people that love her and want the best for her……that she is not alone.

Another perspective is that the addict and alcoholic is simply just feeling better because she is healthier and taking care of herself physically and emotionally, now that she is sober. Consequently, good things are just happening to her because she is clear-headed enough to be receptive to them.

Pink clouds are little more than the alcoholic/addict suddenly becoming aware of all the good and wonderful things that are waiting for him or her now that he or she is clean and sober!

Even more, they are God's grace shining on us!

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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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