As I discovered, the path to sobriety is a precarious, complex journey. You obviously want to purge yourself of something that has been so destructive and has had such a grip on you. but in the deep recesses of your mind, you wonder if you will mourn the loss of this old friend that has been by your side for years. I know this sounds sick, but you actually find yourself wondering if your life is going to become quite boring without this crutch. Of course, the yearning for true health far outweighs everything else. You know things are going to be better for you, for your loved ones, and for everyone you encounter. You will no longer have to hide things and live a lie. Yes, that initial high of drugs and booze can be very, very attractive, but it’s not worth the wrecked and trashed feeling you have the next morning. Nor is it worth the cumulative toll it exacts from you.You realize that you can never let your guard down. It’s a lifelong challenge, and addiction is an insidious disease that’s always lurking nearby like a snake ready to strike. Achieving true sobriety goes beyond abstinence. It’s also about healing your soul, apologizing for damage you did to other, and seeking forgiveness.