The Old Way Of Thinking
Before recovery, intimacy typically just meant anything that had to do with a physical or sexual aspect of a relationship that I was in at the time. I think you get it. After some time in recovery though, intimacy really turned into something else and the value of intimacy changed even more for me.
All of this can obviously look different for each individual and nobody has to be in recovery to experience intimacy the way that I am describing it. I am just expressing that I feel like recovery taught me how to be intimate in a very different way than how I perceived the definition before recovery. Being able to talk or listen to someone and have it bring about a personal connection that is much deeper than most other conversations is an amazing byproduct of recovery and that is what intimacy really feels like to me.