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Old 11-29-2010, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pink Cloud Syndrome???

I'm feeling pretty good on my 9th day of sobriety, but somebody in A.A. warned me that I might have "Pink Cloud Syndrome", and to be very cautious.

Is this common?

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The pink cloud is a our way of explaining the initial excitement and enthusiasm that any normal person feels for a new experience, e.g. the honeymoon period of a relationship, the thrill and awe of moving to a new city etc...obviously once the initial period of fascination wears off that is when the person will really find out how they feel about the person, place or thing...

In the case of sobriety just make sure you have worked the 12 steps and got your spiritual experience then when the initial 'pink cloud' starts to wain a new pink cloud will take its place and this is one that never need end...the growth of the new you on your new spiritual path...

Obviously after working the 12 steps and continuing to do so you will not be insane anymore so will be living life on lifes terms on your new pink cloud and not expecting a parade in your honour everyday you wake up sober:-)
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Yeah, my experience is that it is common enough, since most alcoholics end up going back to drink even after declaring they are sober for good and all. It happened enough times to me, lol.

What i finally learned is that "pink cloud" was nothing more than my self building my sobriety on myself, if you follow me. I had impressed myself with my great efforts in getting sober, and justified the great results I was getting. I was a legend in my own mind, lol.

The whole house of cards came crashing down when I had actually not changed out my alcoholic mind for a sober mind. Of course I got drunk. What else could I have done? My final experience with a "pink cloud" was to distance and disown all the great things that were going on with my sobriety. Some humility and some responsibility in digging deeper into my alcohnolism and really changing my daily living alcoholic behaviors put an everlasting end to my "pink cloud" experiences.

You'll get through whatever if you give yourself a chance. Stay with it! Best wishes!

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Old 11-29-2010, 12:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi and congratulations on Day 9!

I have heard about the Pink Cloud Syndrome and it made me worried a lot the first few months, because I was just so happy to be sober. Problem is, I keep getting happier and happier with being sober. Sure crappy things are happening in my life sometimes, but I look at them totally differently then I used to. Is this a Pink Cloud? I don't know and I don't really care. In the same way that the bliss of the Honeymoon stage in a relationship helps us when things get rough in relationships the Pink Cloud can help us in sobriety when things are no longer quite so pink.
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My experience was that once I stopped bathing my brain in alcohol and other substances, things started looking up. Seems alcohol is a depressant, and the more I drank, the more depressed I became. Removing the alcohol seemed to have the expected effect of feeling better, becoming hopeful, and even encouraged me to start eating solid foods! The huge mistake I made was in thinking that it was going to last forever... OR that I had some control over it... So when the lethargy started seeping in, I had to start developing an action-oriented recovery, and I got that from AA.

Life has a way of balancing the take-offs with the landings...
I just didn't like landing...
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If you are working the steps then it is not a pink cloud, it's God's Grace. If you are not working the steps then I would imagine it is some illusion of your mind.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Enjoy that cloud....it won't last forever. However, the old adage had proved true for me: "my worst days sober are better than my best days drunk!"
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Pink cloud??? I prefer to call it by a different name - Gods Grace.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Continue to work on being clean and sober. It is the best, normal only way to live a decent life. Godbless and continue working the steps and continue on this sober path we call life or recovery.
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I'm still relatively young in my recovery, going on 11 months of sobriety. I get on the pink cloud still when things are going well, but fall off abruptly when things aren't going well. The thing I've learned is that when I am on that pink cloud I start to get complacent and I stop going to meetings, stop calling my sponsor and lose connection with my program in general. I even stop praying sometimes. The last time I went out I was on a pink cloud. So when I get on one now I get scared and I get my skinny ass into a meeting as quick as I can or I call someone. When I'm feeling down AA sick as it sounds I sort of enjoy it. Because when I feel pain it let's me know that I'm human that I'm alive. The pink cloud feels good and all, but to me, that's when I get worried.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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When I first came to AA I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I felt like my life had finally turned around, and I felt as if nothing could ever bring me down.. I felt this way all the way through rehab which I entered 90 days in to sobriety and the feeling continued about a month after rehab... Looking back at it now, for me it kind of held me back... Because I was feeling so emotionally high in a great way it sort of stunted myself from doing a lot of the work in AA and I thought that I was fine.. It finally led me to believe that I didn't need AA which lead me to a "dry" period which lead to a relapse, which lead me back to AA drunk one day and got my "AA fix" and lead me back to another long "dry" period which in turn obviously lead to a relapse...

I would just suggest to not let this overwhelming feeling of joy mix up your brain like it did in mind.. Look at it as a gift from God, and move on to do the work you need to do in AA to fix yourself, so you can turn around some time down the road and help others.
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Riding the pink cloud is great, just have your parachute ready when it's over......I believe that's when the real work begins, at least that's they way it's been for me. After 2 weeks the pink cloud was gone, every now and then it comes back, but the ride is never as long or as intense as it was first time, but that's OK with me, because I'm OK with the way things are right now...
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If you are working the steps then it is not a pink cloud, it's God's Grace. If you are not working the steps then I would imagine it is some illusion of your mind.
I dislike this sentiment. I am recovering without God, without AA. I have experienced the 'cloud' (and relapsed). I have experienced the 'cloud' and not relapsed. I am recovering. To feel happy in early sobriety is a wonderful thing. I have a lot to be happy about. It was that hapiness that brought me back to recovery. It's simply a better way to live.

To call my hapiness an 'illusion of my mind' because I am not doing it your way is at best, insulting. Please be mindful that there are many roads to recovery. Thankfully! What other hope would there be for us heathens
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I find myself in agreement with SSIL, as I too am staying happily sober without 'working the steps'. I am working on myself and my recovery every single day, however, so maybe I am working the steps in a different manner.


All I know for sure is that my 'pink cloud' has not dissipated one bit, on the contrary, it grows bigger each day. All I can say is 'different strokes for different folks'... It matters not which road you travel, only that you are happy joyous and free in your sobriety.
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Ditto on what SSIL and least said.

After all, it is possible to work on yourself without doing "the steps":-)
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I dislike this sentiment. I am recovering without God, without AA. I have experienced the 'cloud' (and relapsed). I have experienced the 'cloud' and not relapsed. I am recovering. To feel happy in early sobriety is a wonderful thing. I have a lot to be happy about. It was that hapiness that brought me back to recovery. It's simply a better way to live.

To call my hapiness an 'illusion of my mind' because I am not doing it your way is at best, insulting. Please be mindful that there are many roads to recovery. Thankfully! What other hope would there be for us heathens
Couldn't agree with you more, SSIL75. Thank you for speaking up for the heathens amongst us.
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I only went to AA meetings my first month of sobriety and was told I was in "the pink cloud stage" and that it wouldn't last .... well 3+ years later I am still just as excited and happy about my new found sobriety as I was that first month! I missed so much of life during my decades of drinking that now I can even find joy in watching the grass grow. I think "pink clouds" are God's arms wrapped around us and personally I don't ever want to leave His embrace.
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Ditto SS and least! At the 9 month mark I continue to climb on the "Pink Cloud" whenever I'm lucky enough to experience it. Embrace it, wrap your arms around it and remember it. It's that feeling I try to resurrect whenever I'm challenged or feeling blue and it's gotten me through the tough times.
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I had pink cloud days... Hard to say for sure, maybe they were just normal... but when compared to how low I felt on some days early on.... well, those days felt great... And I really think that was what it was, looking at my own experience... Because the pink cloud felt so tenuous when it did finally roll around... But, once I didn't feel so low... once I got recovered from that early despair and hopelessness... That good feeling, when it came, felt true and built on a better foundation....

Now, for me, I have good days and bad days. Just like everyone else on the planet.
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warned me that I might have "Pink Cloud Syndrome", and to be very cautious.
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If you are working the steps then it is not a pink cloud, it's God's Grace. If you are not working the steps then I would imagine it is some illusion of your mind.
My experience matches with Omega's. While, sometimes, we are on a pink cloud and it's temporary, the sorts of folks I usually hear making this comment at meetings.......well, let's just say their level of spirituality, conscious contact with their HP, happiness, joyousness and free-ness isn't something I'd aspire to.



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I am recovering without God,
Just out of curiosity, how do you know?????
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