• Rhett Reader

Depressed and Wanting to Use

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Advice to Someone New in Recovery that is Feeling Depressed and Wanting to Use

Bill Wilson once wrote these words about depression: “as we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution”. The word “activity” meaning that we often entertain and play around with our depressive thinking. He uses words like despair and melancholy to illustrate how miserable and glum we can become. But the word activity says a lot. It implies that we are setting in motion our despair. Despair from anger, self-pity, guilt, shame, and worry. The entertainment of these thoughts leads us to depression which leads us to an attempt to solve them by drinking or drugging again. The great point being made here is that we are the creators and architects of our own misery. This is great news! If you are the producer of your own miserable thinking, than you can also be the producer of the solution to your miserable thinking. Recovered people know this. It is what empowers us to change. It is what we learn when we are taking honest inventory with ourselves. We see the negative thinking for what it really is and solve it by changing our actions and thoughts. It was once said by someone in recovery that you cannot think your way into good behavior, but you can behave your

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