December 11th is National Sobriety Day - Recovering Alcoholics Celebrate Being Sober

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Dana Point, California - December 11, 2005 - Recovering Alcoholics have a day to celebrate their victory and control over alcoholism, as governors in several states around the country have officially proclaimed December 11th National Sobriety Day.

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As of today, the governors of the following states have signed proclamations setting aside December 11, 2005 to promote Sober Lifestyles on National Sobriety Day: Oregon, Arkansas, New Mexico, Michigan, Connecticut, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Louisiana , Wyoming, Hawaii, Illinois, Alabama, New Jersey, Indiana & Kentucky.

Drug and alcohol abuse is a terrible, growing wound to the well being of the nation. The social and economic damage caused by abuse is documented to be tens of billions of dollars per year in direct cost, and the indirect costs are incalculable. The horrific consequences of substance abuse are widely acknowledged and the focus of heroic efforts on the part of government and the private sector to mitigate both the causes and the symptoms of the problem.

However, this focus on the negative consequences of substance abuse reflects only one side of the issue. Equally important is the positive side of sobriety – the activities and experiences that can only be fully enjoyed while fully alert and engaged in life. National Sobriety Day, commemorated on December 11 each year, is about celebrating this side of the sobriety equation – the wonderfulness of being fully awake to life and its joys.

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Howard Larkin