“We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.”
–The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
If we are painstaking about the various phases of our development in recovery, the authors of The Big Book tell us, we are going to be amazed before we are even halfway through. This is the introduction to a portion of the book warmly regarded as “The Promises”. There is a world of difference waiting on the other side of addiction and alcoholism. With the work of ‘rigorous honesty’ demanded by the simple program of recovery as outlined by the twelve steps, there will be tremendous growth and reward.
To comprehend something means to grasp a concept mentally, to truly understand. Looking at the word serenity, we learn that it is “the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.” It is easy to look up the definition of a word and try to relate to it. Active in our addiction and alcoholism, we could hardly relate to being serene. Perhaps, at best, when we were happily under the influence. However, most of us have experienced that sort of serenity is not long term. By the end of our drinking and using, there was little serenity to be had. We were troubled by the state of our lives, the state of ourselves, and we could not find peace.
Peacefulness was not at the bottom of any bottle, needle, or pipe. Knowing something means to “be aware” “through observation, inquiry, or information”. We become aware, through our observation of the experience of recovery. Peace is a “freedom from disturbance” which we become aware of, or as the authors put it, which we come to know. It is only through getting and staying sober, by doing “the work” of recovery, that we come to comprehend serenity and know peace.
In the beginning, we could hardly believe it. We could barely understand how such a life could be possible. Earnestly we tried to remember the last time we truly felt serene or peaceful. With sudden shame we realize it has been years- years of pain, anguish, guilt, and shame, all due to our desperate need to drink and use drugs.
All it takes is one decision, followed by many more. That first decision comes from you. Are you ready to quit drinking and using drugs to enter a life of recovery, a life of freedom? If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for recovery from addiction or alcoholism, call Aurora Recovery Center today. We offer men and women’s programs for addiction treatment from our beautiful facility in Manitoba. For more information call 1-844-515-STOP.