I’ve always been told that Christmas is a holiday of gratitude – that it’s a day to focus on giving rather than be given. A couple months ago, I had nothing to give. I was lost in my addiction/alcoholism and saw no way out. Luckily, my god saw it fit to give me one last chance. I came into The Sarah Marie House in August and I was given the gift of sobriety. This is not my first try at recovery, in fact I have tried many, many times. I do not know what is different this time, but I have turned my life around. Being at The Sarah Marie House has enabled me to stay sober and actively participate in my 12 Step program. This Christmas I finally had the ability to give rather than take. The house provided me with a safe place to collect myself and taught me that everything in life is attainable so long as I work for it. This year I am looking forward to being a productive member of society and an addition to my family. I can honestly say that I am grateful for the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten, a healthy and sober life.