Try a Sober St. Pats Day

Each of us has an opportunity to come clean… what’s yours?
Whether or not you or a family member struggles with addiction…

Now is a good time to look at our habits.
Now is a good time to consider how we are influenced by ethnic heritage and family of origin.
Now is a good time to befriend a secret or shameful or shadow-side of self.
Now is a good time to try an alternate approach towards living lighter, with greater serenity.

“It’s about time we change the image of the drunken Irish man and Irish woman,” says a woman on the video on the homepage of the website Sober St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is about our celtic heritage and awesome culture!! You can’t play a fiddle or the harp when you’re drunk. You can’t dance a jig when you’re drunk. You can’t sing a ballad when you’re drunk. You can’t do much of anything when you’re drunk.

Now, try this – replace every mention of the word “drunk,” with the word “chronically stressed,” “chronically fatigued,” “chronically depressed,” or “chronically anxious.” Isn’t it interesting how similar these two experiences are: 1. being drunk and 2. being a long-term-caregiver fatigued to a point impacting function?

I’m learning more all the time from the caregivers I support about how they are coping with caregiving stress. I just learned about this initiative and organization that champions responsible drinking on St. Pats Day. Here are a few bullets from their website:

  • Sober St. Patrick’s Day®, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has brought family friendly events, celebrating the best in Irish entertainment, to both sides of the Atlantic for 6 years.
  • We provide a healthy and safe experience for family, friends & people in recovery and others.
  • We’re not against people having a drink or two to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We’re simply against people using St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to get drunk.
  • “Reclaim the true spirit of the day” and honor our heritage.
  • Contact betty@soberstpatricksday.org for more info.

If you are an individual choosing alcohol or another addictive substance, as a coping mechanism for life’s stressors… there is help.

If you are a child or teen of an alcoholic (COA) or an adult child of an alcoholic (ACOA)… there is help.

If you are a spouse of a person who chooses a substance, over time with you and family on a regular basis… there is help.

If you are a grandparent, taking care of a grandchild, because the child’s parents are suffering from addiction,
or in an early stage of recovery… there is help.

Helpful resources:

HOME


http://www.al-anon.alateen.org
http://www.aa.org

From Source: http://www.choosehelp.com/experts/alcoholism/alcoholism-anna-deeds/alternatives-to-alcoholics-anonymous

“You need to find a recovery program that you are comfortable with. If you don’t like the program, you aren’t likely to participate enough to get the help you need. Here are some alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous:

SMART Recovery – A self-empowering addiction recovery support group based on scientific research. They follow a 4 point system of building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and living a balanced life. They have meeting in the community and online.
Rational Recovery – A self-guided form of recovery based on education and learning to control addictive thinking. It does not have support groups and is available through the Rational Recovery website.
Moderation Management – A program of behavioral change and support group for moderation or abstinence. It differs from other programs in that it does not advocate an abstinence only approach.
Life Ring – A peer support group based on abstinence. It follows the principle that each addict has an “addict self” and a “sober self.” Peers support each other by reinforcing the “sober self.”
Secular Organizations for Sobriety – A non-religious alternative to 12-Step recovery.”

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