The holidays are here and the Alumni Department will be putting on their infamous holiday shows at the facilities! We have all been practicing very hard in attempts to spread holiday cheer and laughter to all our friends and family!
It is extremely important in my sobriety to surround myself with family and friends on the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for me to be physically there with my biological family but luckily I have made my Watershed family.
I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have so much support since I’ve been sober. On the flipside, I get to be there for people who are newly sober and haven’t established a safe holiday routine away from their norm yet.
I wrote in the last newsletter and I’ll say it again, I used to hate being around my family on the holidays and all the businesses were closed so I felt like I couldn’t escape them! I used to just drive around in my car for hours with nowhere to go and I wouldn’t dare go home. There was something so comforting about being alone when I was using.
It is strange for me to juxtapose previous holidays (pre-sobriety) and how I spend holidays now. It’s like everything is exactly opposite.
For me today, the holidays aren’t necessarily about getting gifts or eating a bunch of turkey until I can’t move; the holidays today are about surrounding myself with people who share the same internal condition that I do.
I have learned that recovery from alcoholism and addiction doesn’t have to be a curse. In fact, I am quite grateful for what this whole experience has given me. Happy holidays!
What if Santa Doesn't Know Where I Am? by Rebecca B.
The Present by Kyle P.
The Decision to be Happy by Jake C.
Self-Help Does Not Work by Rebecca B.
Alumni Testimonial by John G.
Helping from Families Anonymous
Family Testimonial by Joyce W.
You are Dearly Loved by Rebecca B.
A Mother's Point of View by Caren E.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!