There are many holidays in the year that are somber, many that are religious, and then there are the holidays that are party-hearty, fun-filled, let’s get down and boogie type of holidays. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays, which means it presents a special risk to those in recovery.
Finding recovery is all about people, places, and things. Fighting the “monster” may be a daily event for you, and maybe you’ve been successful. I certainly hope that’s true. But when you are tempted by opportunity, when you can find an excuse for what you think is a momentary event of losing your sobriety, you may be sadly surprised when you can’t stop the train that you’ve now set in motion. And that’s why avoidance is the best way to keep from relapsing.
Excuses are easy to find. It’s finding reasons to avoid the temptation that may be difficult. And being around a bunch of drunken people is certainly not a place for someone in recovery, unless they are seeking the excuse they need to relapse, in which case they are simply declaring to the world that their recovery was a sham.
Saint Patrick’s Day is an official Christian festival dating back to the early seventeenth century. It celebrates the St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Lenten and alcohol consumption restrictions are lifted for the day. While we all know that St. Patty’s Day is all about “green,” most don’t know that originally it was all about “blue.” Over the years, the color changed, and the focus outside of Ireland leaned to the non-religious imbibing of alcohol to excess. If the beer isn’t green, you most certainly expect to be green before the day is over. And that is precisely why it’s not the place for a recovering addict.
If you’re serious about your recovery, you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day without alcohol. Paint your face green, and entertain children in a cancer ward. If you are religious, go to church and say a prayer. And if it is only about a pass to get drunk, let it go. You can eat corned beef and cabbage, you can make green lemonade, and pureed peas for a vegetable. Green cheesecake makes a great dessert, too. See, you have options. It’s just up to you whether you stay sober or not. If you’re serious about your recovery, the excuses you’ll use will be on people asking you to get drunk with them.
Enjoy your day. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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