Addiction even in remission still lurks after all your years — we know it is cunning, baffling and powerful, but it is also secretly patient and waits for moments exactly like yours. Fortunately, you have a solid track record of success. Tap it again by reaching out to your support group close to home. Ask for help by inviting them over to fill your home on Christmas Day if you don't have family nearby. Also, a grief counselor or a therapist can help you work through your loss, even while you celebrate all those years you had together married and sober.
Think through the buzz, too. A drink won't bring him back, and the day after Christmas, what will you have if you've slipped back into the bottle? You've come a long way. Stay true on the path you've traveled this far. You know it works and is worth all of the ups and downs.
William Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Foundation and the author of "Broken," his best-selling memoir. His new book, "Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery," was published in October. Please send your questions to William Moyers at email@example.com. To find out more about William Moyers and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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