Many of us feel empty, we feel a void at the center of everything. And when we find alcohol, we find a way to fill that void. But alcohol creates an even deeper emptiness because all you’re doing is filling the void with a substance with no substance.
We live in a society that tells us to fill the void with anything available: buy something, drink something, eat something, go somewhere. Feel sad? Drink alcohol. Feeling lost? Drink alcohol. Anything but sitting still with the void. Contrary to how it feels, sitting with the void won’t actually kill you, but alcohol will.
When you stop drinking, you finally have to deal directly with the void to stay sober, and that’s where the real work begins. Not putting alcohol in your mouth is the easy part. Filling the void with something of real substance is the hard part. Fellowship can start to fill the void; nothing is more important than community in recovery.