In honor of Christmas Day, we at The Watershed want to emphasize the importance of giving. Life is full of principles; principles that make humanity worth living each day: honesty, selflessness, patience and tolerance. Life is full of powerful lessons and gifts that could change someone’s life. This story is where addiction isn’t a moral dilemma and when those who are struggling with addiction lose hope, they can recover. There are people who care, but to recover, you need to take action.
The holiday season is all about giving and that is exactly what one traveling business man does; he usually spends sometimes more than $100,000 of his money helping those in need. Every year at Christmas time, this business man, who humbles himself and remains anonymous, travels all over the world helping complete strangers who are in need. One man was Atheist until this traveling business man, known as Secret Santa, changed his belief in about 5 minutes. When this struggling addict was hopeless, someone showed that they believed in him, which then gave him hope to better himself and get help for his addiction with something that he had been lacking at all the previous times of trying to get sober: the belief in a higher power.
This man got a Higher Power within five minutes
To some people, the term higher power either doesn’t make sense to them or they simply don’t believe. This 30 year old Pennsylvania man is a heroin addict and considers himself to be a dead beat. He hadn’t been able to hold a job for a whole year and even had to sell his own son’s toys to support his habit. He spends so much of his time going in and out of substance abuse treatment facilities and his girlfriend stayed with him all of this time but was getting fed up. One night, after one of their many fights about money, she suggested that he pray; even though he didn’t believe in a higher power. The impatient girlfriend said to the 30 year old heroin addict, “I know you don’t believe in a higher power, but maybe you can start.” The struggling man got down on his knees and prayed, for the first time since he was a child.
The next night, he got an unexpected gift that changed his life and his perception towards a higher power. The traveling business man, known as Secret Santa, went up and talked to him, then proceeded to start handing the struggling father one hundred dollar bills. The struggling man’s eyes immediately filled with tears and told the Secret Santa, “I didn’t earn that.” The Secret Santa didn’t care because he could tell that the father was a good man. The traveling saint who is called Secret Santa made one last anonymous statement before closing, “Maybe that gave him the hope that he needs to break his addiction. And maybe that’ll be the turning point that changes his life, and maybe he won’t go back. Now wouldn’t that be worth it?”
Merry Christmas to you all from The Watershed! If you or someone you know is struggling today, please give us a call at 1-800-861-1768 and find the most comfortable way to find a better life for you.Tags: CARP holiday gala, Christmas, Higher Power, Holidays, sober holidays, staying sober during the holidays, staying sober on Christmas, The Secret