The meaning changes from province to province, but I believe I can say with confidence that any holiday that involves a possible four (or more) day weekend, it's defined as a two-four weekend.
Any mental illness who's condition comes with a sack load of depression will tell you all the reasons why you shouldn't be on this earth. This voice is particularly the loudest on your birthday. If then the sense of the day is impersonal, echoes of worthlessness and burden follow through.
The next part I need in helping my confidence is interacting with others. I've been challenging myself to talk to five strangers daily, and it's been working. Now, I need something a bit bigger.
Once I realized what was happening, I self-sabotaged myself with humour: calling myself a doormat or someone who stood pretty strait for someone with no backbone.
I agree that healthy support is a determining factor with recovery, and the main message of being more supportive with those dealing with addiction is helpful. Programs that encourage healthy behavioral change instead of penalization needs to be screamed from the rooftops. Ready for the but?
It all became loud noise. I was drowning. It all comes down to one single principle to follow: healthy boundaries. Here's what I've been doing to protect myself while not hurting the person who wants to help.