Why Do We Still Feel Guilty After We Are Clean And Sober
The horrible memories of the bottle, the alcohol, the addiction to alcohol and the many broken hearts we caused without even realizing it.
The question is why do we still feel guilty after we are clean and sober? I for one, and I'm sure many other alcoholics that got clean and sober still feel the sense of guilt
Deep down inside the alcoholic and in the alcoholics mind we all know that we are doing wrong not only to our self, but the people we love and who love and care for us so much.
The alcoholic gets to the point that they are blinded to the outside world and never even realize the harm they are doing to others and to themselves.
When the alcoholic finally surrenders to their addiction to alcohol the sense of guilt still lingers in their mind. Why, you may ask? From my experiences, and now clean and sober I now realize what I had done to my wife and my children. While drinking alcohol it never occured that I was hurting anyone. As much a people told me that I was an alcoholic and I needed to quit drinking alcohol. I, like many other people addicted to alcohol listened to what had to be said and just let go in one ear and out the other.
Then there are those that don't even want to listen to a word from anyone about their addiction to alcohol and some may get pretty violent or disturbed when approached about their addiction. All these things stay in the back of the alcoholics mind, because they know that they have been called down on their addiction to alcohol. They know that they have hurt others, but the addiction has taken over their bodies and they fear that they will never be clean and sober again, so they continue on drinking and hurting others.
Many alcoholics that get clean and sober find out it was too late and the damage was done and not fixable in the spouses mind. Some may catch it before it is too late which is wonderful and then the couple can work out what has to be done with their marriage or relationship and help the spouse stay clean and sober forever.
Feeling the sense of guilt will remain in the alcoholics mind forever if and only if they have any concience at all in them.. Some may never give their addiction and who they hurt a second thought.
When you are addicted to alcohol for years, eventually you will pay the consequences one way or another. Sooner or later whether it be while drinking alcohol or after you surrender to alcohol something will aways be in the back of your mind related to your present or past addiction to alcohol.
Don't let a crisis come into your life. The way I figure, if you want to stay clean and sober forever, just don't drink alcohol, it's that simple.