It is a universal truth that when an addict is feeling depressed and burdened by his own personal problems, working with and helping other addicts is a magical cure to his self-centeredness.
When I have felt like using chemicals and when I have been weighed down by worry, anxiety, self pity and anger or depression, the best solution for me has been to go spend time with another addict and think about them instead of myself.
The act of encouraging another addict and showing them that you care, is a great way to help the other addict and also to help us. My sobriety is dependent upon the maintenance of my spiritual condition. One definition of spiritual sickness is selfishness and self centeredness. If all I can think about are my problems, then I will not be able to reach out and really listen and empathize with my fellow addict and friend. Selfishness blocks me from connecting with other people.
Many times I have been depressed or angry or irritable and discontent and helping another addict has saved the day for me. What a great deal: I get out of myself and I feel better, and the addict feels my love and friendship and no longer feels isolated and alone. “Together we stay sober, alone we relapse”.
We have to give it away in order to keep it. It is a great feeling when addicts get together and lift each other up. None of us can act like an island and try to solve the big problems by ourselves.
Joy comes from fellowship and loving each other.
So the next time you feel depressed, frustrated, angry or lonely, go help another addict — it works!