Recovery Word of the Week- Laughter

 “Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease of pain.” Charlie Chaplin

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease of pain.” Charlie Chaplin

Here at South Orange County Detox, we are highlighting “Laughter” in our ongoing Word of the Week series. We have unpacked the value of a plethora of different words during this continuing series of blogs, however, today we are going to take a bit of a break from our typical focus of words that are jam-packed with deep meaning and application and redirect to a subject that is a bit lighter and fun. Laughter. We need it, we seek it, and like many other positive aspects of life, it constantly evades us while we are in active addiction. As a recovering addict, I am constantly vigilant about engaging in a program of recovery that exemplifies the values and principles of which I hold allegiance to, and as we all know, sobriety is a serious endeavor and the opposite of a laughing matter. With all that said, it is extremely important that we give ourselves a break and take time to enjoy all the great things that life has to offer outside of drugs and alcohol. Anyone following our blog posts knows by now that we talk about life being suffering, and the only way to combat that suffering is to go through it without manipulating people or environments to fit our expectations. Life isn’t always suffering, however, and in fact, life provides us with all the ecstasy that we could ever want if we have the courage to find it. Laughter is not only an escape from the day to day pain that’s go along with life, but it is also an antidote for as well as a weapon against apathy and nihilism. It can invigorate us and can help to remind us that there is a comedic irony to this rollercoaster we call life. It is imperative that we try and harvest happiness and laughter throughout our quest for sobriety for without regular reminders of how incredible life can be without drugs we will certainly abandon our exploration and relegate ourselves back into our internal dungeons.
“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease of pain.” Charlie Chaplin