If you’re grateful for your family, if you’re grateful for your job, if you’re grateful for your friends, or even if you’re the least bit grateful to be alive, then Thanksgiving might be the perfect day to say thank you for what you’ve got. You see, it can be hard to make a change in life. But you’ve been thinking about getting sober and if you’ve realized that the drinking and drug use is taking a major toll on your life, then perhaps now is the time. Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful for what you have, can be the prime day to stop drinking and using drugs. In fact, it’s a great day to begin living a new life.
Sometimes people need a special day or a meaningful time to make a leap in life. Because of the significance of the day, you might realize just how much you have to be grateful for. In fact, the history of Thanksgiving is rooted in just that – celebrating the abundance of harvest from the crops that grew throughout spring and summer. Although the holiday is celebrated in America and Canada, Thanksgiving stems from traditions of England and Europe in which the people celebrated their harvest and abundance of food.
So, if you’ve been thinking about taking the step of sobriety, you might start out by making a list of all that you’re grateful for. You might realize that you’ve got a family who needs you, a career that financially supports you, and a marriage that sustains you. Or you might recognize that you have a group of people around you who care about you and want to know that you’re well. At the very least, you have a home and you don’t want to lose that because of your drinking or drug use. And if you don’t have a home, then be grateful for what you do have: the clothes on your back, the person who smiles at you, the food shelter down the street. No matter where we are in life, there is always something to feel grateful for.
Once you’re feeling your own abundance and the harvest of your own life, then that might support you in taking the steps you need to take. You might feel more courageous to protect the things you have. You might even feel angry about possibly losing what you’ve got. If you’re feeling this way and you’re ready to call, dial 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This is a national hotline for anyone struggling with substance abuse, and it’s offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They may be able to provide you with local resources to call. They can also provide you with the support, encouragement, and strength to take the initial few steps to get professional help.
Often, the greatest obstacle many men and women experience is fear. If you can get past that and make a call to get help, you’re already on your way to making that commitment to yourself. Thanksgiving is the perfect day to take that first step!
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