With Thanksgiving 2012 behind us, it is official, the holiday season is upon us. Along with all the chaos of shopping for the perfect gift, not to mention the weight gain from eating too much, there also comes a bit of joy; the joy of spending time with family and friends, particularly those that we do not otherwise get the opportunity to see.
For many of us, particularly alcoholics and addicts, this can be a very difficult time of year. This is a time of the year when many addicts and alcoholics "go out", i.e, drink alcohol or consume drugs to deal with the pain of loneliness, despair or regret.
In fact, many addicts and alcoholics are without living family members to spend the holidays with and others are dealing with the memories of dearly departed. Many addicts and alcoholics have yet to repair the damage to relationships with family members and friends as a result of their previous drug use or alcoholism.
Meanwhile, others suffer from character defects that make it difficult for them to be around people…..social anxiety and so forth.
Whatever the reason, this is a time when alcoholics and addicts should not isolate and be alone. Reach out to other addicts and alcoholics, whether you are lonely or perhaps recognize that a fellow alcoholic is lonely. Insure that your alcoholic and addict acquaintances has a chair at a dinner table for the holidays.
Also, keep in mind that marathon meetings are usually held on holidays in many of the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the world.
Just remember that you do not have to be alone this holiday season, nor do you have to drink alcohol or consume drugs.
You can also be of service by volunteering at a food bank, shelter, or you could serve as a panel member of Alcoholics Anonymous's hospitals and institutions. Perhaps you can even stage an intervention if you know of someone who is drinking excessively or using drugs this holiday season.
If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us. We want to help you.
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