We all have expectations for the holidays. We want everything to go right, be fun, but the reality for some is that it’s a sad time of the year. Stress, fear and sadness comes from many directions.
On recovery coins many times you will see, “To Thine Own Self Be True” (in other words, stop bull-sh*tting yourself). What does not drinking and drugging and being honest have to to with each other?
Many people think that if they don’t have money to give, they can’t contribute during #GivingTuesday. Nonsense! There are plenty of ways to give that have nothing to do with money. Making an effort to be altruistic is what counts the most.
Like every other part of our lives, we don’t have to experience the holidays alone – We can take a sober friend and our Higher Power with us wherever we go.
On October 4th 2015 the silence ended. That was the day that the UNITE to Face Addiction rally happened on The National Mall in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people in long-term recovery from substance use disorders came out and ended their silence so they could break the stigma of addiction.
Did you drink or drug today? No? Good. That’s a huge accomplishment. It’s in an addict’s nature to drink and drug. You defied the odds today. Kudos to you. Be grateful.
What’s the best way to get out of your own head, stop thinking about yourself and your problems? Is it therapy? Nope. Is it attending meetings? Nope. What is it you ask? Service work. Volunteering. It’s all about being self-LESS instead of self-ABSORBED.
The bottom line is if you live in Washtenaw county and you know any active addicts SPREAD THE WORD that getting another addict help won’t lead to jail. If you are currently an active addict. CALL 911 IF SOMEONE IS OVERDOSING! Please!!!
So if you aren’t looking for someone who has what you want, what are you looking for? Someone who has what you need. I won’t beat around the bush on this one. You need someone who is going to help get you connected to a Higher Power. That is accomplished through working the 12 steps.
Another relaxing sober afternoon – a “berry” good time was had by all.