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Four Reasons to Get Sober this Easter


Mar. 24, 2016 Psychology Today

Spring is a time of incredible transformations. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that freezes over the winter, the ground is usually just thawing out around this annual holiday that marks the end of winter and the long lead up to summer. Finding the “right” time to quit using your drug of choice may seem like an impossible decision; when is the “right” time to change your life for the better? But as intimidating as the change may seem, Easter is the perfect opportunity to begin your journey in recovery. Here are four reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to stop abusing drugs or alcohol and start embracing a life in recovery.

Spring is a second chance for resolutions. Maybe you made a commitment to yourself or your loved ones that this year you’d stop using drugs only to watch January come and go without a change. The onset of spring and everything that it stands for – renewal, rebirth, growth – provides an excellent opportunity for second-round resolutions. There’s even a chance that because your current start date would be on your own terms, you’ll be more likely to stick with it.

Easter is about surprises. This Sunday children all over the United States will wake up early on Sunday morning to hunt for the eggs their parents have hidden for them. Chances are good that if you live near family and celebrate Easter, you’ll be heading to a family event of some kind to mark the holiday. Why not give the people you care for the ultimate gift this Sunday and let them know you’re ready to enter recovery?

Renewal means letting go. Have you ever come home from a successful shopping trip only to realize you have no room for your new purchases? In order to take in new things, we often must make space by letting go of the things that no longer work for us. If you are considering making room for sobriety in your life this Easter, it’s important to keep in mind what has to go in addition to what you’re taking on. The people who doubted you’d be able to quit? Out. The friends and loved ones who have stuck by your side throughout the throws of addiction? Find a way for them to find recovery too.

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