Eddie's Holiday Recovery Journey

Finding Connection and Hope During the Holidays in Recovery

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.

Feeling Alone at the Start of Recovery

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.

Deciding to Do Something About It

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.

My First Alcathon

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.

Learning the Value of Helping Others

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.

You’re Never Alone

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.

Eddie Payne
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