This is the first stage of SLAA recovery. It is a necessary part of recovery. Just as with drug addicts, there is a period of withdrawal that will occur once you stop your addictive behavior. It can be a period of great pain, but as Chapter 5 of the Basic Text makes clear, it is also a time of great rewards. We may find that we have survived a period of withdrawal, only to have again to go through withdrawal when we change our bottom line and abstain from additional behaviors that we have determined are addictive.
But we have to remember not to loose hope. With each period of withdrawal there is also a strengthening of our sobriety, which helps teach us how to put one day at a time of sobriety together for longer periods of time.