“Everyone should be respected as
an individual, but no one idolized.”
Whether you’ve stopped drinking or using drugs or in my case stopped eating sweets, there is always an event or holiday that challenges your willpower.
Special occasions such as birthdays are especially difficult because there is always a cake involved in the celebration. Everyone loves cake. Even if you don’t drink or use drugs, cake is harmless for most healthy people, unless you can’t have sweets.
I always get the same comments from friends and relatives. “It’s only one piece of cake, it won’t kill you.” I wish people would be more understanding and supportive. If I had a drinking or drug problem I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t offer just one drink or one puff of a cigarette.
So what do I do when I’m confronted with this situation? First off, I say thank you but no thank you. If they then offer to pack up a piece of cake for me to take home, I again tell them no thank you and tell them I can’t have sweets. This usually works with most people and then they get the point.