“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.” – Anonymous on RecoveryExperts.com
Wow. This really hits the nail on the head when talking to another alcoholic. The next time someone says to me:
“Well maybe I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not sure. How do you even know for sure. Anyway, alcohol wasn’t even a big deal. I really like getting high more than drunk.”
My answer will simply be
“Maybe you’re not an alcoholic or addict, only you can really know that for yourself. Maybe I’m not even a real alcoholic or addict. It was 35 years ago that I drank and used. However, here’s how I see it. I’d rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic and addict, than go through life drunk and stoned, trying to convince myself that I am not. And besides, I love my life and it doesn’t include alcohol or drugs so why would I bother?”
When I remember my primary purpose, to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety, ILML!!