How many of us felt like we were either running on or running out of good luck every time we would attempt to get sober? The overwhelming fear of having to get it this time and just waiting to fall off that pink cloud seems like it was yesterday. Holidays were also a huge trigger for those in early recovery, especially St. Patrick’s Day. It didn’t even matter if you were Irish or not, it’s a day where being an alcoholic seems not only acceptable, but welcomed.
The thought of being sober on St. Patrick’s Day just seemed lame. What the heck are we supposed to do now? The entire holiday is about drinking! The truth is that St. Patrick’s Day is not actually about drinking , it’s actually a holy holiday, St. Patrick was credited for bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland, but that’s another conversation (click here to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day). For the sake of getting to the point, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering for missionaries worldwide. So what does any of that have to do with getting drunk? We’re in luck; it has absolutely nothing to do with getting drunk.
Instead of just running on luck in recovery, why not try something new. Try a spiritual renewal and before you shake your head at that notion, here me out. Spirituality is about having faith in something; it’s your very own belief in whatever Higher Power you choose. If you have not gone through the 12-steps of a recovery program, do so now. If you have needed to get rid of resentment, or talk about some issues that are blocking you from happiness, now is the time. If your behaviors are causing chaos, it would seem that St. Patrick’s Day would be an excellent chance to change those behaviors. How we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day will dictate how we feel.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The longer we stay in recovery the more we have the opportunity to grow and become even better than we were yesterday. We found that we no longer ran on luck, but rather a faith and belief. We know that as long as we work our program of recovery on a daily basis the obsession to drink will stay lifted. Take this day and make it a day of change and renewal for your body, mind, and spirit.
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