At the end of the day, when the bottle is empty, and you still want more, when you are alone, even when the room is full, and your drunkenness fails to bring you relief you have a choice; do it again tomorrow, or start living now. The second you make the choice to start living opportunity arises from the wake of destruction you have created. The flame that you managed to drown is resilient, and a spark of hope flickers the second you hit the “enough“switch. Whether that spark catches fire or is snuffed out is completely up to you.
You may be intoxicated when you choose to get sober, but know this; not all of the choices we make while under the influence are bad. Alcohol is a powerful drug, or we wouldn’t worship it with such abandon. It accompanies us on many memorable moments, and allows us to shed our inhibitions and take chances we normally would avoid.
The choices we make while inebriated are not always wise, but choosing to let go of the safety net and try life unimpeded by chemical enhancement is one of the smartest decisions a person struggling with addiction will make.
Never knowing if we reached our potential, or felt what we could feel, or loved as deeply as our soul allows because we were drunk during the moments that matter is a curse that can be lifted. It is a heavy load, one that a thousand giants cannot bear without the cooperation of the person afflicted. Once that person ignites the flame of hope, all it takes is one. And that person has been waiting for the opportunity to rise up and grab life by the throat, shake it loose, free the doubt, fear, self loathing and wonder. That person is you.