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The Big Three

by Bobby Blair
December 24, 2018

It's the big three, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, all coming in relative proximity to each other to make the alcoholic think he or she is at Disneyland. The real truth is that anyone in the depths of needing a drink on a daily basis doesn't need a holiday to over imbibe. It all starts out so innocently, usually when we are younger but not in all cases. That feeling that your shyness has now disappeared and you can actually talk to girls is elating. Drinking alcohol is so ingrained in our culture that the thought of prohibition now seems almost unfathomable. I (yes, I'm one of them) never intended to become an alcoholic. Was it genetics? lifestyle? or was I just programmed from birth to have an incessant quest for booze. It really doesn't matter, I'm an alcoholic. I'm forever grateful to a man here in town who reached out to me in 1997 and took me to a substance abuse meeting. I'm not cured, the circus may have left town, but a monkey still sits on my shoulder. One drink is too much, a thousand is not enough. Denial is not a river in Egypt.

If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, take back your life. If you would never think of going out for a night with people who don't drink or drug, you just might have a problem. If you say you control your drinking you might have a problem. If you promised yourself that you'd stop drinking on Monday, or another pre-designated day, you might have a problem. If you think you just might have a problem, you probably do. You can either suffer in isolation or reach out for help, something us alcoholics find extremely difficult.

I was first prompted to write about addiction on these pages after the death of Whitney Huston. An article appeared in Politico that asked, "Does the media have a responsibility to write about addiction? A drug overdose next door that same day and a drug overdose on Concord Street the next morning gave me the answer.

Reach out -- you're not terminally unique, there's help out there. I've listed some below, if they can't give you an answer I'm sure they can refer you to someone who can. And good luck on your new journey. You'll never regret it. Just pick up that 500 lb. phone and do it.

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aaboston.org/

Narcotics Anonymous:  http://www.nerna.org/

Holliston Youth and Family Services: http://www.townofholliston.us/youth.htm

Genesis Counseling Services, Framingham: http://www.treatmentcentersdirectory.com/Massachusetts/Framingham/genesis-counseling-services-inc-15434

Suicide & Crisis Hotline:http://suicidehotlines.com/massachusetts.html

Mass. Substance Abuse http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/substance-abuse/

God: As close as your knees are to the ground

For those who just need a friendly ear, you can call me at 508-429-6763.

 

A Thought for the day:

You know what's freaking scary? The fact that I could literally change my life at any moment. I could stop talking to everyone that makes me unhappy. I could kiss whomever I want. I could shave my head or get on a plane or take my own life. Nothing is stopping me. The entire world is in my hands, and I have no idea what to do with it.   -author unknown-

 

 

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Comments (2)

Bobby, if this article helps one person, it is worth it's weight in gold. For you to share your past with everyone is indeed admirable. The good part is, everyone knows how you turned out. You are a true gem, and Holliston is so lucky to call you Mayor, friend, flower man etc.etc! You are one of the things I miss most about Holliston. Happy New Year Bobby! ??

- Norma Kittredge | 12/28/18 7:08 PM

http//al-anon.org may be helpful if a family member has an issue or if your life has been affected by alcohol or drugs.

- Patricia Maley | 12/24/18 11:32 PM

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