Recovery In The Season Of Lent
In case you haven’t noticed, #Lent has become a popular February trending topic across social media and online news outlets. It, of course, symbolizes sacrifice and the approach of Easter in Catholic and Christian religions. Lent traditionally lasts 40 days and nights, during which practicing parishioners are encouraged to give up a vice or “bad habit.” In theory, that sounds like a great idea and can provide real motivation for people looking to change their lives. But in reality, recovery from a “vice” like alcohol, gambling or drugs requires much more commitment.
In a recent study by The Washington Post, alcohol was listed in the Top 5 Lent sacrifices. Though we commend the pollsters for their honesty and desire to get sober, we do see a problem in the logic.
Let’s say you were able to successfully remove the bottle from your daily life for a month-and-a-half, what exactly happens after that? It’s very common on Day 41 for people to go right back into those bad habits. Heck, even the day before Lent celebrates excessive drinking and partying.
While we salute the concept of Lent, we also take the sacrifices much more seriously. If someone really wants to make a positive change regarding alcohol, gambling or drugs, we recommend a 110% commitment. That means facing your addiction head-on, seeking professional help and continuing the sobriety well past Easter Sunday.
So when it comes to Lent, feel free to remove chocolate or swearing or selfies from your daily activities. But when it comes to the rest of your life, face the real bad habits head on and commit to an all-out recovery program.