Pain and misery were realities in our drinking and using days. Through living the program we learn that our dreams can replace our nightmares. We grow and change. We acquire the freedom of choice. We are able to give and receive love. We can share honestly about ourselves, no longer magnifying or minimizing the truth. We accept the challenges real life offers us, facing them in a mature, responsible way. We can find the support, care, and concern we need to face those realities in Fellowship and a Higher Power gives us a clean, clear window through which to view, experience, and appreciate reality as it is.