Normally, in the City of Detroit, when the term "The Big Three" is used, there is an automatic association with the auto industry; Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
However, Its the time of year where the recovery community recognizes Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year as "the big three". Some of you might wonder what that means. I am glad you asked; the holidays represent a particularly difficult time for people,that are new in the recovery process, to effectively cope with the prevailing triggers of relapse. More often than not, the big three represent a time of celebration with friends, family and loved ones; unfortunately (for the person in recovery) the celebration historically consisted of some type of alcoholic beverage or illicit substance used for intoxication. We recognize that this is not relegated to people that are new in the recovery process, but it also staunchly applies to the veterans that have been around (clean and sober) for years. I recommend that honesty win out in a situation where a person in recovery is faced with the uncomfortable position of making a decision on whether or not to partake in a celebration that includes a form of substance related intoxication. It's ok to say, "thanks, but I don't....". If the situation becomes unbearable, call your sponsor and/or someone that supports your efforts of battling the disease of addiction successfully and remove yourself from the threat of relapse. Recovery is real and possible if you believe and walk the walk. Two of the big three are already behind us and the biggest of them all is a few days away. Let's enjoy January 1, 2012 (New Years Day) with another day of progress towards defeating the monster of addiction; either by remaining clean and sober or convincing those that we support to remain clean and sober. Recovery is real and possible if you believe and walk the walk on a daily basis. I would love to read your thoughts on this topic so please feel free to comment. In the mean time, take care and keep coming one day at a time!