I’ve always likened my alcohol addiction to being stranded on an island. When I was drinking, I wasn’t exactly living alone on the island. There were other people there with me who were feeling just as lost at sea. Some wanted to get off it with me, and some were perfectly content living in isolation until they died there. They had given up.
I understand all inhabitants of Addiction Island. I think everyone who lives there wants help in breaking free from it for at least a while, but some people spend so long being stranded there that they lose hope and figure it’s easier just to stay there for the rest of their lives, even if it means losing their friends, family, job, and everything they love forever.
It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I found my way off Addiction Island and work very hard every day to live in a new place, Recovery Island. Why do I say I still live on an island? It can still feel pretty lonely here. It’s like I’ve moved close to the place I used to live, but an island that’s just off of it. I still feel pretty isolated sometimes because most people I knew who lived on Addiction Island don’t live here with me, and the people from my “hometown” don’t either. I live in a new community now where I surround myself with people who I didn’t know on Addiction Island but lived there once, and who are working just as hard as I am every day to stay in our new home forever.
The purpose of RecoveryIsland.com is to give everyone who can relate to my experience a “safe shore” to swim to online. I know what it’s like to feel stranded in both addiction and sobriety. And I know how important it is to build a community so you don’t feel completely isolated, even when you’re working on bettering yourself and have come far in overcoming your addiction. But you’re not alone, and it’s important that each of us who are recovering from addiction remembers that every step of our journey.
I hope you find some hope and inspiration here at RecoveryIsland.
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My name is June, and I’m a recovering alcoholic. I’ve been sober for almost 2 years and it has been the hardest but most rewarding journey of my life.