“Bet Free Recovery Now”…Recovery Thoughts For a Coming New Year and After Thoughts of Christmas. Be of Recovery Service to Others.

Thoughts From A Recovering Gambling Addict For The Coming New Year and The After Holiday Season Ending. . .

Some of My Thoughts for The Next Weeks Into The New Year

The Holidays and The Incoming New Year

Sometimes, the holidays are filled with the joy we associate with that time of year. The season flows. Magic is in the air.

Sometimes, the holidays can be difficult and lonely.

Here are some ideas I’ve learned through personal experience, and practice, to help us get through difficult holidays:

Deal with feelings, but try not to dwell unduly on them. Put the holidays in perspective: A holiday is one day out of 365. We can get through any 24-hour period.

Get through the day, but be aware that there may be a post-holiday backlash. Sometimes, if we use our survival behaviors to get through the day, the feelings will catch up to us the next day. Deal with them too.

Get back on track as quickly as possible.

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Find and cherish the available love, even if it’s not exactly what we want. Is there someone we can give love to and receive love from? Recovering friends? Is there a family who would enjoy sharing their holiday with us? Don’t be a martyr – go. There may be those who would appreciate our offer to share our day with them.

We are not in the minority if we find ourselves experiencing a less-than-perfect holiday. How easy but untrue to tell ourselves the rest of the world is experiencing the best holiday, and we’re alone in conflict.

The beauty of Recovery is we can and get to choose to create our own holiday agenda. Buy yourself a present. Find someone to whom you can give. Unleash your loving, nurturing self and give in to the holiday spirit.

Maybe past holidays haven’t been terrific. Perhaps this year wasn’t perfect. Perhaps this next new year can be better, and the next one even a little better. Work toward a better life – one that meets your needs. Before long, you’ll have it.

“God, help me enjoy and cherish these holidays and the coming new year. If my situation is less than ideal, help me take what’s good and let go of the rest.”

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“Having A Heart Of Gratitude & Believing In A Power Greater Than Ourselves Can Restore Us In RECOVERY!”

“Do you believe in a power great than yourself in your Recovery? Do you have Gratitude in your Recovery? Tell me about it!”


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“When we begin our recovery journey, we come to recovery very broken and spiritually drained. I know I was when I finally got a foothold into my long-term recovery.  We begin to do the inside recovery work of all our character defects, habits and behaviors.  It’s a hard thing to do to finally look in the mirror and say to yourself,  “I’m a very sick person within addiction.”  But as we do the work, we begin to transform ourselves back, and many times, back to a better person then when we were sick within addiction.”
For myself, I could not have made it this far within my recovery without a whole lot of  “GRATITUDE” and not have made it without “Believing in a Power Greater than myself.” For me? That is the Grace of God.

I have always believed in him, but when we are filled with guilt, shame and embarrassment, we can not imagine our HP still caring or loving us within all the sick drama of addiction. Drama is also a good word to use about how addiction had made all of the area’s in our lives so unmanageable. That is what all addictions do. They invade all area’s of your life.


“So what is gratitude? The very definition is: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”  OK, now what does it mean in a biblical sense? What does our Higher Power/God say about gratitude?”

Thankfulness is a prominent Bible theme. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Did you catch that? Give thanks in all circumstances. Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths.”


Every addict deserves a second chance in life.  God sent his son to die on the cross of Calvary to give each of us that as a gift of Gratitude and Change that each one of us in recovery are worthy of!!  That is why I am Celebrating my recovery along with many millions of others for National Recovery month.
Lets celebrate the changes we have made in our lives through recovery, and by believing in that greater power that gives us our strength and humbleness in our recovery. To be  there for others by being of recovery service and “paying it forward” to those who are new or having a tough go in their recovery.

That’s what I feel about gratitude, and having thankfulness. I can tell you all honestly, that is where your peace and serenity is going to come from within your recovery journey. When you start doing the work needed, using the tools of what you learn to stay in recovery, your recovery will take off to higher places you could never imagine. It did for me. And it will for too.

“JUST BELIEVE” .. .. .. ..


Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Recovery Advocate of Gambling Addiction