There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us. ~ Bill W., pg. 16.
One of the old time statements to newcomers is that their misery will be fully refunded if they do not wish to stay in AA. I know it sounds hard-hearted and harsh, but it is the truth. Pain is inevitable in or out of AA, but misery is an option. We do not have to go on being miserable in recovery. We do not have to keep suffering the consequences of our disease, so long as we work hard to keep our noses clean, obey the laws of the land, and not drink. I was one of those alcoholics who messed up my body with excess drinking I will have a few physical symptoms for the rest of my life. I do not resent that, but I do take these symptoms seriously. I know with great certainty that if I were to return to drinking, I would have grave consequences in very short order. I know as well with great certainty I can arrest these symptoms and slow them down simply by not drinking. In that measure, I simply can avoid any more misery.
I love AA. It gives me and millions of other alcoholics solutions to life long problems. It offers us healthier, saner, and more peaceful lives. AA stops misery in its tracks. We still have problems, but they are a higher class of problems. Instead of major illnesses, chronic hangovers, job/career crises, family violence, legal and medical costs/problems, housing losses, bankruptcy and much much more; the sober alcoholics among us get plain old every day problems to deal with. We still may face any permanent symptoms from our alcohol abuse. We may have financial and legal issues that are outstanding. But AA gives us a formula (AA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions) for revealing, feeling, and healing from the fears associated with these. Let go of the misery. Life is meant to be enjoyed.