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After getting sober, she realized that she wasn't the only person who felt separate
In my second year of sobriety, I stumbled on a story in the Big Book called "Keys to the Kingdom." In it, I read, "there is no more aloneness, with the awful ache so deep in the heart of every alcoholic that nothing before ever could reach it. The ache is gone and never need return again."
Aloneness was different than loneliness for me. Aloneness is that feeling of being all alone, no one understands, no one knows the suffering I've endured and no one really is like me. I had these feelings that no one seemed to acknowledge. Maybe I really was different, I mean really, really...
-- Annemette O.