Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each New Year for at least four millennia. New Year’s festivities typically begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the New Year and watching fireworks displays.
But for those suffering addictions, New Year’s festivities can take on a whole other meaning. The temptations are great and many struggle to maintain recovery programs. It is important to find ways to celebrate without losing all control. Jokingly many of my clients have stated that they do not go out as it is “amateur night” (I am sure most of you have heard that one before!). Although I “get the joke” I always remind them that this is not a joking matter.
So take the time to consider your plans for New Year’s Eve. Who do you really want to spend the evening with and what types of activities will keep your recovery program intact? Consider that this is just like any other day. It is the individual that gives it a meaning and you get to give this day any meaning you so choose.
I do think it makes sense for all of us to consider a couple of things on this day. First it is important to remember the year past. What did I accomplish compared to what I had wanted to accomplish? What did I do that helped me be successful (or not)? And secondly, what is my vision for the coming year? By setting intentions it helps pull us forward to be successful in reaching our goals. Be realistic while at the same time challenge yourself – how else do we truly grow in our lives. May you all have a
HEALTHY, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ― Oprah Winfrey