“For you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things happened among us, they can happen with you.”- pg. 153 from the chapter entitled “A vision for you” from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
When we get sober there is a bond that is formed between us and our fellows in recovery. It is a bond that exists because only we know what it is like to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body of that variety. When we were using many of us had become isolated, withdrawn, and miserable. The idea that one day we might be able to get drug or alcohol detox seemed impossible .The fact is that we all have a chance to recover if we are able to do the work through Above It All, AA, or a drug addiction detox. When we get sober we find there is a huge amount of magic, happiness, and freedom in the life we live and the sober experiences we have. It is an amazing selfless path that we get to travel and when we are ready we get to “pay it forward” for fun and for free so that someone else may see the experience, strength, and hope that exists through this way of living.