Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
Independence means many things to many people. The most important meaning for me is my independence from active addiction. Today I am experiencing a freedom that I have not known in my 49 years of existence. I truly appreciate the life that I have been afforded as a result of being in recovery. But I am not fooled by these good feelings into thinking that I am cured.
Freedom Isn’t Free
Many people have walked this path before me. Many are striving as a result of doing the work that is required to maintain their recovery. Many have died as a result of taking this new found freedom for granted.
As we celebrate our nations independence I am reminded of the havoc holidays can cause on a recovering person. I am reminded of the insanity of active addiction and the lies that can go through my mind. I am aware of myself and my surroundings today. I do not place myself and my recovery at risk.
I will take the necessary precautions to assure that I stay connected and that my recovery process continues to move forward. Using the tools I have at my disposal I cannot lose.
I wish everyone a
HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
Peace and Blessings