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

Peace and Blessings

Eric Ease

4 thoughts on “INDEPENDENCE DAY

  1. Enjoy your holiday have a blessed day. I know you must at times struggle with holidays ( you have said before,) Today over here it’s been a normal day except in our little town some of the local people reestablished ( after 20 years) the towns carnival. So the sun is shining the community has been brought together by some good people and we celebrate the 4th of July where normally we wouldn’t 😊
    As you say we battle with recovery on days like these! Sunshine makes us feel like a sit in the sun with friends which then can lead to a drink or 3 which means our defences drop and can lead to mayhem. We must stay strong and not be leaded into temptation! But also learn to be able to cope at times like these. You are doing so well I don’t doubt you will do anything but have a great day πŸ˜„πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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    • Thank you Karen and yes at times I still get those thoughts during holidays. I am grateful that I have survived a few and can share my experiences with others. I am happy to hear that your town has opened the carnival back up. It sounds like a wonderful day. We must stay strong and maintain our recovery no matter what. I appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you again and have a wonderful evening. πŸ™‚

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  2. I love how you are so aware of what the holidays can do to a recovering soul or still one that has the addiction. It’s a beautiful thing- you are a force in this world! Ease you have the gift to help so many. Thank you for sending this message today. Have fun at the conference my soul brother. πŸ’™πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

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    • Thank you Souldiergirl. I try my best to share my story uncut so the people who think they are the only ones who have been through something can know that they are not alone. The holidays are especially hard and I can relate to the triggers brought about by them. I am grateful to have made it through a few and want others to know that they can too. Thanks for all your support and encouragement Souldiergirl. You Rock. πŸ™‚


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