Whoever told you that recovery would be easy was messing with you.
Buzz Aldrin, space explorer, Christ-follower, and recovering alcoholic, spoke of his personal sobriety: “It’s been one of the greatest challenges that ever came along in my life; it was one of the most difficult things to do.”
But “hard” doesn’t mean “bad.” The work of recovery serves us well in many other areas of life. I love the words of C.S. Lewis: “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
So quit looking for shortcuts. In my experience, every shortcut to sobriety turns out to be a dead end. The road to recovery is not easy. But you will never have to walk it alone.
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). Those words are as true today as they were when Paul wrote them 2,000 years ago.
Recovery Step: Commit to the hard work of recovery. But don’t try to do it alone.