I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that many people upon starting their own sober journey, think this way when they first put down the bottle. It's not uncommon for people who are in the early stages of sobriety to be surprised by the fact that they still feel lousy all the time.
I experienced this phenomenon myself. The early stages of my sobriety were plagued by intense emotional discomfort and spiritual angst. Even though I had stopped drinking I often felt as bad, or worse than I did when I was drinking.
The real problem was not alcohol. Alcohol abuse was nothing more than an external reaction to what I was feeling inside. I was using alcohol to repress a lifetime of fear, anger, and resentment. Not until I was ready and willing to face my internal life would I be truly sober as I now define sobriety.
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