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Over the course of the next few weeks, many of us will struggle to maintain our sobriety.
We will talk about why it is difficult to remain sane during the holidays,
We will talk about what we did early on to stay safe,
and how we maintain our sobriety now during this festive time.
Also, if you’re new and you haven’t yet been able to quit and
you want this to be your first holiday clean,
we will tell you about our last holiday drunk and how grateful we don’t have to do that anymore.
If you are not yet sober,
we know that you think you don’t have a choice and that you have to drink,
we understand that feeling.
But there is a solution, and it can work for you this year.
Chrissy, let’s go to you first
What has been your experience? what did the holidays use to be like, before sobriety, what did this season mean for you?
What was your first sober holiday season like?
How did you cope?
What was the most difficult part of that first year?
What do you recommend for the new guy going through his first Holiday season?
How about now, what does this season look like for yuou?
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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.