There are plenty of addicts and alcoholics out there who went through their first New Year's Eve sober.
This is no small feat. Especially since it comes on the heels of "the holidays", which for many are the most angst filled weeks of the entire year.
It is difficult to say "No" when everyone around you is saying "Yes". This is especially true on an evening when the whole world seems to stop and scream, "Time to PAR-TAY"!
And, since January 1st is a day when the whole world agrees it's a good day to start over, it's the perfect day for us sober folks to rationalize our slips. We feel like we are in good company if we fail in our resolve and have to start over.
So, if you woke up this morning having succeeded in a promise to yourself to not use, no matter what, give yourself a big hug and a pat on the back. I'm not kidding. Do it. If you have company at home, ask for a kiss and another hug. Be happy and proud.
Every single day is a victory for us. Some victories are just a touch sweeter than others.