Sobriety is a glorious thing. Whether alcohol, drugs, food or some other substance called you, letting go of them was truly a blessing. Initially some thought that refraining from their drug of choice would be the end of their journey. Once the obsession to use had lifted, they thought their work,was done. Unfortunately, many of them had to discover the hard way that this was not the case. In relatively short order they found that they were miserable and that they were making others miserable. Perhaps their defects of character were no longer fueled by drugs or alcohol; but many of those defects still rose to the surface. They had become classic dry drunks. All of that anger, rage, fear, jealousy, guilt, and shame just bubbled to the surface.
Hopefully after a particularly nasty meltdown, they realized that being part of the program was much more than just abstaining from their drug of choice. It involved daily work which included personal inventories, working the steps, attending meetings, frequent outreach and service. When those tools began to kick in, they finally began to taste true sobriety.
Personal Reflection: Is my behavior sometimes still that of a dry drunk?