"If you remove the alcohol from the alcoholic, all that's left is ick."
If you are experiencing bad feelings like stress, resentment, fear, and even hopelessness, remember that using will NOT relieve them. USING IS THE SYMPTOM OF THE DISEASE, NOT THE CAUSE. By working the steps we get down to the causes and conditions so that we can heal. Putting down the drink or drug or bad behavior is the beginning of recovery. To keep that drink, drug or behavior away, we need a good daily program. To be truly "happy, joyous, and free" we need a good daily recovery program. You can do it, with help.
Become openminded to work the recovery program. It is good to change.