It can be discouraging when you don’t see a long list of accolades after your name when you’re making a conscious effort to change your behavior or habits. However, there’s no reason not to celebrate every small victory you achieve! Made it this entire week without using alcohol? Celebrate! Explained to a friend your reasons for avoiding tobacco or marijuana? Celebrate! There is nothing wrong with pumping yourself up when you’re on a hard journey. It can help you to keep a positive mindset and to have good self care. We believe in you! Celebrate the small victories.
This year, what are you most thankful for? It’s easy to give trite answers around the Thanksgiving table, but we really want you to think. Have you stayed sober for a longer period of time than you ever have? Give thanks and celebrate! Have you made a commitment to avoid alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other harmful drugs? Celebrate and give thanks! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments this year! Look forward to 2020 and pave a way for your own best future!
Are you a tobacco user? You may want to find a program to quit smoking / dipping / etc. ASAP. Prolongued tobacco use can lead to addiction to the nicotine present in the drug as well as many types of cancers, emphysema, etc. Take charge of your health today and stop your tobacco use!
Are you tempted to use marijuana? You may want to rethink that. Marijuana can have a variety of effects on young adults and adults alike. It can impair judgement, coordination, balance, mood, etc. It can also lead to dependence and addiction when misused. We hope that you’ll rethink any potential use of marijuana this week and do some research on its effects!
How do you stay motivated to continue in your sobriety journey? It can be difficult to maintain a strong conviction when “everyone else is doing it.” A lot of people drink alcohol and consume other harmful drugs, but you can be strong in your plan to rethink the drink! We believe in you!
Sometimes, emotional or physical pain can feel like it’s defeating us. In times of high stress, many people turn to alcohol and other harmful drugs to cope with the trauma. However, these are fleeting, momentary solutions and will not help you deal with your pain longterm or even help you process the source of the pain. We encourage you this week to research better ways for coping with emotional and physical distress. Find a well-reviewed therapist in your area. Take up a hiking habit and enjoy the fall colors. Focus on good self-care and healthy habits. We know you can do it!
Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a 2 hour period for men, 4 or more drinks during the same period for women) can lead to alcohol poisoning (which can be fatal) along with other issues.
It can be easy to give into temptation and binge on alcohol when at a party with friends or in another social setting where drinking is commonplace. Just remember to rethink the drink when you are in those situations. Choose a mocktail instead of an alcoholic drink! Try a new soda or tea. Just because you’re out with friends doesn’t mean you have to imbibe.
We believe in you! Stay strong this week.