Beginning With Fire
The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution
Chapter Eleven — Sobriety “A Love Affair”
Acceptance, embrace, and celebration. This is love. It is this simple, and this difficult: sobriety — “moving through pain to fulfillment of longings” — is about love; about learning to inhabit love as we deal with “life on life’s terms.” Indeed, the last two levels of trust read “I am loved,” and then, excising one letter, “I am love.” Side-stepping the pitfalls of sentimentality and romanticism, we explore the rigors of authentic love, and find it to be both a product and an agent of transformation. We see how love differs from control-based feelings with which it is often confused, such as loyalty.