Remaining sober can be especially hard during the holidays. Family gatherings, holiday parties, and other social occasions can be very difficult for someone who is in early recovery. Thoughts of past holiday occasions often bring up memories of celebratory drinking and using, or painful memories. Take this opportunity to celebrate not only the holidays, but also your new life of sobriety, which is something really worth celebrating. If you find yourself struggling during the holiday season, please remember that you are not alone. Help is only a phone call or meeting away! The program teaches us that there is a solution, and staying clean and sober during the holidays can be a test of how well we apply our tools. There are several things we can do to protect our sobriety.
Plan to spend the majority of your time with friends and family who are supportive of your recovery. If you are visiting family or friends out of town, make sure to locate meetings. Many groups have marathon meetings during the holidays to share their experience, strength and hope. Ask for support from family and friends. Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays. Have a list of ten people you can call. Make a list and check it twice. Carry your cell phone and list of names at all times. Stay away from slippery places. There is absolutely no reason to ever check out your former favorite establishments! Write out a daily gratitude list. The quickest cure to get you out of the holiday blues is by counting your blessings and being grateful for what you have every morning. Write a letter to yourself – “How I stayed sober over the holidays:” The act of writing your ideas on paper is very powerful. Write down all the activities and events that will help you have healthy, happy, and sober holiday season. Avoid H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired). If you are hungry, get something to eat. If you are angry, talk to somebody about it. If you are lonely, go to a meeting or call a friend. If you are tired, get a good night’s sleep. Live one day at a time and enjoy your sobriety!Share post