Part of us feels addiction getting in the way of truly enjoying our relationships, work, and thoughts. I had tried and failed at recovery a number of times, and never knew why. But before I was able to move forward with confidence that I would get better, I had to really want to feel again. Now, it is crystal clear; I want the joys of being clear-headed more than I want to be intoxicated. Maintaining sobriety is no longer a daily struggle; it comes naturally.
So, if it is that simple, why do so many struggle with addiction? I believe that the choice, to get on with our lives or stay invested in habits, can actually be an intimidating choice. Those habits allow us to carry on each day when something is making us feel miserable. We think, “at least squeak out a moment or two of happiness.” So we get high. For a moment, the drugs and booze feel great, and that gives us something to look forward to.