The progression of alcoholism and addiction usually passes through several declining stages before an individual makes the decision to enter treatment. What might have started as a path to increase socialization and well-being often can lead to a solitary and lonely existence.
This isolation can even become normalized as a function of the disease. While engaging with others in recovery can be a new and sometimes frightening experience, it is the beginning of the journey into wholeness.
By sharing our stories and empathizing with the experience of others, we gradually begin to see the benefit of becoming a part of the larger whole, of being connected. Our decision to move forward in a program of recovery will “mark the end of isolation.”
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