"We absolutely insist on enjoying life". This quote comes from the book "Alcoholics Anonymous. Like so many other phrases in the big book it means so much in a small amount of words. When we were drinking we only thought we were getting everything out of life that it offers. It is scary to think we can enjoy life without our substances. Giving up a best friend is not fun or easy to do. That is what we are doing when we get sober. We are giving up something that has meant so much to us for so long. It is such a drastic change in our lives.
What happens is the twelve steps of the program start to replace the booze and the drugs. Helping others, having TRUE friends, and living a completely opposite life takes the place of the disease of addiction. If we don't fight the system and give up, a life beyond your wildest dreams is what awaits you.