Whew, One Holiday Down

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Congratulations on the ones who made it through Thanksgiving staying sober. Hats off to you. For those who didn’t, get back on your feet and get ready to face the Christmas holidays. This is a time of constant drinking before, during, and after Christmas. Maybe they call it “the happy time.” 

Drinkers love excuses to drink or “fall off the wagon” as they say. This is one of those holidays. I wish I could find the right word to go into your brain and stay there to help you AVOID the crowd using.

My famous word is and will stay with “CHOICES.” The word says it all. If you’re “serious” with stopping, only you can make and stick with that choice. Start now with plans on how to avoid the people and places that make you give into using again. 

Call that sober friend who wants to go to a movie that day, buy an airline ticket to go golfing in a state with warm weather (the money may be worth it), volunteer at an organization, serve Christmas dinner to the poor, homeless, or victims of the disaster areas. Go to hospitals and see where you can be used to help.  Donate and give toys out to children. Give, give, give. There are many blessing in giving. 

Always remember, although it’s hard, there are people worse off than you. You can make choices. What about the one who had been in a car accident and will never walk again? What about the one who just heard that they have cancer with a few months or years left? These people can’t do a thing to make a choice with change. You can.

And last of all, and most importantly, go to your place of worship. Bring God into your lives and you bring Him into someone else ’s. Invite a homeless person to share your home-cooked meal with you and a few friends from AA. What you do for others lost and suffering, you do for God.

Before I close my eyes at night, I never miss praying for the substance abusers and their families. Don’t feel lost and alone, I’ll bring God to you.

Alberta Sequeira
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