Many newcomers in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous hear the term “pink cloud,” but just what is the pink cloud?
This refers to the first few weeks or months of sobriety when the body is finally clean of toxins. The alcoholic has started working the steps and has become involved in the fellowship. Their eyes have started to clear, the delirium tremens (physical shakes from detox) have subsided, and the fog has lifted. The pink cloud is the term for a euphoric feeling of peace, serenity, and hope. After battling the disease of alcoholism for so many years, a new lifestyle can be quite refreshing. Many people have described it as a natural high. Unfortunately, this euphoria does not last forever because life continues to happen. The hope is that once people get a taste for how good life can be clean and sober, they’ll keep coming back for more.
Although the pink cloud will burst after some time, it that doesn’t mean the good aspects of recovery are gone.
This is far from the case. In active addiction, many of us have numbed ourselves completely from all feelings and emotions. Once we have sobered up physically and started working a spiritual program, we ultimately feel better. Then life happens… we lose our job, the car is wrecked, our significant other leaves, or something else bad happens. What we learn from the 12-step program is that nothing is made any better by picking up a drink or drug. There is no amount of alcohol that can fix any problem, in fact. it will only make the problem worse.
When people ask “what is the pink cloud,” the best answer is to recommend that they stick around so they can experience it for themselves.
The program of recovery is not difficult and the steps are clearly defined, but it is not simple. However, the hardest days sober beat any day drunk or high. It just takes the slightest bit of willingness to get started and, though you may come with doubt, you might just leave with a little hope.