It’s been a little over six years now that I’ve been clean and every now and then I have a dream that I’m about to use. Usually it’s the same dream too that basically challenges my sobriety. In this dream, I am typically alone and low and behold, I seem to have found a stash of dope that I’ve completely forgotten about. So there I am in the same place I was years ago, excited to have found this buried treasure and wanting to have some right away. But in this dream I somehow know I’ve been sober and I’m battling these feelings of wanting to use just this one time yet afraid of being discovered. Then I am suddenly interrupted by somebody and I hide the stash promising myself I’ll get back to it later. The dream suddenly ends before I have a chance to use. I don’t even get to experience the feeling of being high again. Is this a good thing or a bad one?
I’m sure that most of we recovering addicts/alcoholics have had these kinds of dreams and continue to have them once and a while. When we wake up, we probably breathe a sigh of relief and say, “It was just a dream…thank God I’m still sober.”