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Sober During the Holidays - Recovered 458

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Release Date: 01/03/2014

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Over the course of the last few weeks, many of us struggled to maintain our sobriety.  We will talk about and review why this was, what we did early on, and how we maintain our sobriety now.

 

Also, if you’re new and you haven’t yet been able to quit and you want this to be your last holiday in a fog, we will tell  you about our last holiday and how grateful we don’t have to do that anymore.  We know that you think you don’t have a choice, we didn’t have one either, but you have to believe us when we say there is a solution.



SURVEY SAYS

Your thoughts?



What has been your experience? what did the holidays use to be like?

 

What do you recommend for the new guy going through his first Holiday season?

 

Here are some suggested tips, what do you think, what has been your experience

Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays

  • Plan Your Days. Let your sponsor or friend in recovery know where you will be, and have their phone number with you in case you need encouragement.

  • Have a Plan B. If you must attend a party or gathering where alcohol is being served, have an escape route or alternative place to go if you suddenly feel uncomfortable around the alcohol, like for a coffee or out to a movie.

  • Be Specific When Offered a Drink. Instead of awkwardly telling the person that you’re a recovering alcoholic, just say “Sure, a Coke/Sprite/water with lemon would be great.”

  • Outsmart the Disease. Stay connected to sober people, places, and things. Don’t go to places serving alcohol if you don’t need to.

  • Take Extra Care of Yourself. Remember to slow down and take some quiet time for yourself during this busy time of year.

  • Don’t Overindulge. Go easy on the holiday sweets, exercise regularly, and don’t try to do too much.

  • Find New Ways to Celebrate Create some new symbols and rituals that will help redefine a joyful holiday season. You might host a holiday gathering for special recovering friends and/or attend celebrations of your 12 Step group.




Final Thoughts

 

http://anonpress.org/bb/

http://aa.org/twelveandtwelve/en_tableofcnt.cfm

 

http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/thought.view?catId=1901