The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
Halloween is not just a holiday for candy – it’s a time for costumes, mischief, and debauchery. It’s the one time of year when you have the chance to try on a different persona and the excuse to cause a little ruckus because almost anything goes in the carnival atmosphere. The night is rife with overindulgence and this frequently includes drugs and alcohol. Whether you’re playing drinking games or going “Trick or Drinking,” the opportunities to get intoxicated are ample. But it’s all in fun, right?
You’ve been planning and looking forward to this night for weeks, maybe months. Certainly it’s no problem to have just one more Jell-o shot or toke on that joint that’s being passed around because all your friends are doing the same. And anyway, you’re not really yourself tonight. You’re a superhero, a sexy French maid, or a cute puppy or kitten. Your new identity buoyed by becoming increasingly intoxicated by drugs and alcohol gives you a sense of bravado. You’re on top of the world – the king of the mountain…for about five minutes, until you begin your descent down that slippery slope.Chances are you’re not super, sexy, or cute when your tights are shredded, your costume is slipping off, or you’ve got makeup smeared all over your face. It’s all in fun – until it’s not. It’s really not fun to be the person who steals other people’s drinks at the bar; it’s not fun to vomit on the front steps at your friend’s house; and it’s not fun to drive home high on drugs and alcohol with your hand over one eye, promising yourself and God that this is the last time. Praying you don’t get pulled over because someone spilled a drink on your torn costume and it smells like alcohol in your car. This is not “social drinking.”
When you wake up the next day, do you remember what you did or how you got where you are? Do you rush to the window to see if your car is even in the driveway or if it has any scratches or dents on it? You may have been lucky this time to make it home without getting into trouble or inflicting harm on others, because more than half of people who use drugs and alcohol on Halloween don’t, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol are multiplied by the number of kids who are out roaming the streets in costumes.When you look in the mirror, is it a surprise to see what the person looking back at you looks like? Maybe you didn’t have the time to take off your costume and make up. Maybe your eyes are bloodshot. Maybe you can’t find your wallet or cell phone. But you’ll be okay once you’ve had a morning drink. Or maybe you’ve sworn you’re never going to drink again. It’s not at all fun and games anymore is it? Everyone else does not behave this way.Maybe you haven’t slid that far down the scale with drugs and alcohol yet, but if there’s any inkling of doubt in your mind about whether your behavior around drugs and alcohol is normal, please don’t justify it by saying “all my friends are doing the same thing” and have another drink or drug to push the thought away. Take our confidential self-assessment and if you decide you need help, we’re here for you. There is hope for your drug and alcohol problem!
Serenity Vista is place of tranquility and peace, where you can discover who you really are. Take off the mask and costume. Learn to live clean and sober with inner peace and joy. Find out today if it’s a fit for you. Sharing is caring. If your loved one is struggling with drugs and alcohol, please share this message.
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