I would rather live in recovery than die in isolation. These words came to me as a spiritual truth, simple yet profound. Living in recovery is not easy—it takes daily work—yet it beats the alternative. I am an introvert and crave solitude. It is one of my spiritual needs. However, before recovery, I was unable to distinguish between solitude and isolation. Most of my life, I’d chosen to isolate. I did much of my eating alone, and most of my relationships were painful because my relationship skills were virtually nonexistent. I have said many times that if I’d been able

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