Holidays can be rough, especially when you’re in recovery. My Christmases weren’t always great. Sometimes, we hardly had any food unless we went to a relative’s house. My mom, with five kids to look after, did what she could.
When I started my recovery journey, I felt pretty alone. If my aunt didn’t throw a party, I’d be alone during the holidays. Living in a sober house, it hit me hard seeing everyone head off to be with their families, getting gifts while I was stuck there. I was the only one left. Even the staff felt sorry for me.
Feeling lonely, I knew I had to do something. I remembered what I picked up in AA meetings and decided to turn my wish to get better into real action. I asked a staff member if there was anything I could do to help my recovery over the holidays. We found something called an ‘Alcathons’ in Jamaica Plain.
An Alcathon is a 24-hour AA meeting on major holidays. I didn’t know what to expect. This was all new to me. But I was ready to do whatever it took to stay sober, even if it meant stepping out of my comfort zone.
Going to that Alcathon opened my eyes. It wasn’t just a meeting; it was a place filled with love and support. People welcomed me with big smiles. I helped out, pouring apple cider for others in recovery. That simple act of helping out gave me a peace I hadn’t felt in a long time.
That day, I learned something big. Helping others, and being part of something bigger, can make you feel connected and hopeful, even when you’re used to feeling alone. The holidays turned from a lonely time to a chance to be part of a community. I saw that I wasn’t alone, and by just doing a bit to help, I was actually helping myself too.
So, if you’re feeling lonely this holiday season, remember there’s a place for you. Whether it’s an Alcathon or just reaching out to someone else in recovery, there’s a family out there that gets it. They’re there to support and love you, no questions asked. You’re not alone.
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