Recovery humor is the funny side to getting sober or staying sober. Although recovery from addiction is serious business and has real consequences on people’s lives, it is important to maintain a sense of humor. Recovery can be a grueling, painful, and difficult process at times. It is not always fun or easy. Those who suffer from addiction can tell you a hundred stories each about their personal struggles. Some are heart-wrenching. Other can make you sick to your stomach. One aspect that is often overlooked but important for those who are sober or trying to get sober is humor.
Recovery humor -Why is humor good for recovery?
Laughter can heal a lot of pain. One good laugh can often change a person’s outlook for the rest of the day. Humor can help us forget our worries, and make us feel as if life isn’t so bad when we are down. It can also help you to relate to another person. Humor can help breakup the loneliness that many new people feel.
When someone is new to sobriety, they may have a hard time laughing, even when they want to. It is possible to be so mentally and emotionally beaten that nothing feels funny. Intellectually speaking, they can recognize a joke. They know they should laugh. They want to laugh at it. Yet, for whatever reasons, they are incapable of doing so.
Recovery humor is important. Some stories may not be funny at the time they occur. Yet, after the pain has subsided, the ability to laugh at ourselves is one of our greatest assets.
The good news is that this damage can, and almost always is, reversed in time. Once sober for a little while, they may have their first real, genuine laugh in years. They will feel alive again. Although addiction recovery is very serious, it is so important to laugh. In fact, some of the funniest stories I have ever heard in my life came from people describing episodes of alcohol or drug abuse. Many of these stories are well worth sharing. To maintain confidentiality, I won’t give out names or other information. They are all first-hand accounts that I heard directly. To the best of my knowledge, they are all true.
Three Examples of Recovery Humor
-One man was on the way home from a bar in the Boston area. He decided to sleep in a comfortable bed that he stumbled upon. He woke up in a coffin, on a train, in Utah. It turns out he hopped into a train car that was transporting a load of coffins.
-A female acquaintance of mine, who I knew through a mutual friend, lived in CA many years ago. She woke up one night after being blacked out for 3 days and found she was now married and also in Chicago.
-One man was supposed to meet his wife at the airport. Instead, he got drunk and blacked out. He came to the next day naked, in a strange bed. The man then looked around to assess his situation. He panicked and threw some clothes on. He then went out to the kitchen. To his surprise, he saw another naked man standing in the kitchen, hovering over a stove. The man looked at him and said “what do you want for breakfast.” He fled out the door as fast as he could (if this would not make you quit drinking, I don’t know what would).
More Funny Recovery Stories- Recovery Humor
-A gentleman who is now deceased once owned a chicken coop. He used to drink and hang out with his chickens because his wife couldn’t stand him, and he couldn’t stand her. One day, in a state of intoxication, he decided to fix the chicken coop (which may or may not have needed to be fixed). He got stuck underneath it and couldn’t get out. His wife had to call the fire department several hours later when she got home.
-One portly fellow got locked out of his apartment after a night of drinking. He got the notion that he could climb in through a window. He got stuck half-way in the window, with his pants down. A host of neighbors and emergency personnel eventually gathered to watch his rescue and make jokes. As they watched, firefighters coated him in petroleum jelly to squeeze him through the window. When he got back into his apartment, he discovered that his keys had been in his pocket the entire time.
-One guy went to a party at a neighbor’s house and got excessively drunk. He blacked out. The next morning, he woke up and went to get the paper, as usual. His neighbor was also outside. He noticed his neighbor gave him a dirty look. The man went back inside and into his kitchen. He then asked his wife, “What’s with our neighbor?” She answered, “Do you remember what you did last night at his party?” He thought for a minute before he replied, “the last thing I remember, I had to use the bathroom. I remember I had trouble finding it…but I vaguely recall he had a gold-plated toilet.” She replied, “You went to the bathroom in his tuba.”