By Alexandra Rose
The start of the New Year can be a time to make resolutions. Each day is also a chance to make a decision to improve one’s life. Tonight is usually associated with drinking and doing drugs although it does not have to be. I celebrate for my sobriety and another year of being sober is another year of a better life.
The New Year can be a trigger for most addicts and alcoholics. Each sober person I have asked what they are doing to celebrate the night have responded with staying home and going to sleep. They all say that tonight is dangerous to their sobriety and they don’t want to drive on the roads for fear of people driving drunk. I think this is a great reason to stay home because our sobriety comes first no matter what.
Also, there are plenty of marathon meetings going on in which no one has to be alone tonight. I heard a woman share in a meeting this morning that she is going to see a movie at 11:00 PM so when she gets out New Years will be over. There are options to get through tonight if it is hazardous to your sobriety.
Throughout the year I have made resolutions in which some I’ve kept and some I have not. If I take a look back over the year of 2012 I can see how much I’ve grown. It was the hardest and best year of my sobriety. I admit I made stupid decisions, which only let me learn from my mistakes. The start of the New Year is a time to ponder what we would like to accomplish for 2013. I always look forward for the future because I know as long as I stay sober things will be all right. It wasn’t always like that for which I am grateful that I am sober transitioning into another year.
Tonight will be a safe night for me because I will take the necessary steps to make it that way. In 2013 I will continue to do what I am doing in my program by working the steps, going to meetings, working with my sponsor and helping other alcoholics. I hope that the end of next year I will write this again and grow even further in my life. 2012 was a hard year for a lot of people. We learned that we can always persevere through the worst moments in life to get to the best ones.
I wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.
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