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Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

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Thank you Caleb for this article. 

 

 

Six Ways to Stay Sober this St. Patrick’s Day

 

Holidays can be a difficult time for those in the midst of recovery from addiction. For recovering alcoholics, St. Patrick’s Day might seem like the kind of holiday that is best avoided altogether. However, making the decision not to drink doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t celebrate any traces of Irish heritage, and there is much more to Irish culture than drinking.

 

If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year without giving up your sobriety, here are six ways you can have fun without picking up a single pint.

 

  1. Hang Out with the Right Crowd

 

The key to having a successfully sober St. Patrick’s Day is by choosing the right people to spend it with. We all have that group of friends who like to really turn things up during the holidays, and are likely going to want to do much of the same for the biggest drinking holiday of the year. While these friends are probably great to be around, they won’t do you any good when trying to stay sober for the holidays. This is why you probably shouldn’t follow your friends as they crawl from pub to pub. Sometimes, just being in the wrong environment can be enough to push us to make a decision we’ll later regret.

 

  1. Watch the Parade

 

Just because you’ve decided to stay away from the bars, doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and enjoy the holiday. It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day without a loud and colorful parade rolling through your town. These kinds of public events are great to really soak in the spirit of the holiday without pouring a couple spirits yourself.

 

  1. Sign Up for a St. Paddy’s Day Run

 

Another staple for many cities all across America is some sort of St. Patrick’s Day run. Whether you are in shape, or on the path to better health, training for a race can be the perfect way to abstain from drinking while reaping the benefits of running. Signing up for a race on St. Patrick’s Day will give you a goal to work towards. As you focus your efforts on training for the race, you’ll have a good reason to stay away from bad habits and unhealthy behaviors.

 

  1. Attend a Concert or Event

 

While many point to drinking as the number one export of Ireland, there is still much more that the country has to offer. Irish culture is world-renowned for its musical heritage from catchy sing-along folk tunes, to modern punk-ballads. If you enjoy any form of live music, then you might consider attending one of the many public concerts or events dedicated to celebrating Irish culture. Singing along and tapping your toes to the music is a great way to celebrate the culture without depending on alcohol for a good time.

 

  1. Prepare Your Own Irish Supper

 

If you feel like avoiding heading out this year, there are a few ways you can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day from the comfort of your own home. One way to celebrate is by preparing your own big Irish-inspired dinner. There is no shortage of delicious Irish recipes that you can prepare such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew.

 

  1. Throw Your Own Party

 

Since you’re already going through the effort of preparing a big Irish meal, why not invite a couple of close friends and host your own St. Patrick’s Day party? Hosting your own sober party allows you to enjoy the holiday your way, without the need for any alcoholic beverages. Make your own DIY decorations for your Shamrock-colored party so you can enjoy  the holiday with your BFFs.

 

Whether you decide to stay in or head out, there are many ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without ever picking up an alcoholic beverage. Everyone deserves to have an exciting during a holiday.

 

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Call Recovered About Step 12

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MONDAY Night, the Recovery Topic is “Step 12.”

The Twelfth Step sums up our Twelve Step recovery program as a lifetime undertaking based on the practice of spiritual principles and service to others with the same addiction or compulsion. The transforming power of the Twelve Steps is now focused on the whole of life, and the recovering alcoholic moves to a larger, more encompassing dimension: the world of the spirit.

Let’s talk about this solution. Tap Speakpipe (preferred because the sound quality is excellent. Use this method especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):

How do you carry the message of recovery?
What message do you carry to the alcoholic who still suffers?
Why is this important to your program?
What 12 step work do you do?

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Recovered 898 – Chuck C New Pair of Glasses Part 6

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What It Used To Be Like In Recovery – Recovered 898

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Tonight, we will explore recovery in terms of how it used to be like when we were new

 

All of us have been around a while

All of us have seen changes in meetings

We have seen changes in way people are sponsored

All of us have seen changes in how addictions have influenced meetings

All of us have seen how recovery centers have influenced recovery language and behavior

All of us have seen how the court system has influenced meetings

 

Tonight we will talk about how things have changed since we were new.

 

What comes first to mind when you heard about this topic?

How has your recovery program changed since you were new?

What is different?

What is the same?

How about meetings how have meetings changed?  

How have meetings remained the same?

 

Are the issues the same or have they changed?  

 

When you first came in, what did you want to get out of AA?

What was the first thing you worked on?

What was your primary concern?

 

Today, what are you working on?

 

What has changed in recovery over the years

What has remained the same?

 

How has technology influenced your program?

 

How has sponsorship changed?

How have sponsees changed?

How has the fellowship changed?

 

How have the courts influenced meetings?

How have drugs influenced meetings?

How has non-smoking influenced meetings?

 

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Recovered 898 – Chuck C New Pair of Glasses Part 5

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Changes – Recovered 896

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When people decide to give up an addiction, they are agreeing to make a major change to their life. The benefits of such a dramatic alteration of course can be wonderful, but it will be a step into the unknown.

The individual needs to summon up a great deal of courage and be prepared to let go of their old habits. Once the individual becomes sober it does not mean the process of change is complete.

It continues indefinitely. Anyone who builds a successful life away from addiction will constantly face changes and challenges. It is part of what makes their life away from addiction so wonderful.

First to mind?

When you were new, what was the main thing you had to change?
What was standing in the way of change?
What recovery tool helped?
What did not help?

What was the first thing you changes in recovery?
What was the hardest thing you have changed?

How did your sponsor help?
How did prayer help?
How did meetings help?

What are you trying to change today?
What is in the way?
Why is it difficult for you?

What do you hope to change in the future?
Why are you waiting?
When will you know it’s time?

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Mike

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Recovered 897 – Chuck C New Pair of Glasses Part 4

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Recovered 895 – Chuck C New Pair of Glasses Part 3

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Call Recovered About Making Changes

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Tuesday Night, the Recovery Topic is “Making Changes.”
 
When people decide to give up an addiction, they are agreeing to make a major change to their life. The benefits of such a dramatic alteration of course can be wonderful, but it will be a step into the unknown. The individual needs to summon up a great deal of courage and be prepared to let go of their old habits. Once the individual becomes sober it does not mean the process of change is complete. It continues indefinitely.
Let’s talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (preferred because the sound quality is excellent.  Use this method especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
What are you trying to change today?
What is in the way?
Why is it difficult for you?
What do you hope to change in the future?
Why are you waiting?
When will you know it’s time?
Recovered Podcast is live online every Tuesday at 6:30 pm EST as we record the show.  Join the fun and be part of the show.
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Making Recovery Plans – Recovered 894

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In our program, it’s our responsibility to make plans.
Making plans help us to achieve goals we may have.
Goals to improve being happy, joyous, and free.
We should just be careful not to plan the outcomes to specifically.
We can make a plan, just be careful that it doesn’t turn into an expectation.

An expectation that is unreasonably high is
a premeditated resentment.
An expectation that is too low is
a premeditated disappointment.
and resentments and disappointments are both dangerous for us alcoholics.

So, we alcoholics need to be careful in this business of resolution making
we need to be careful as we plan our recovery life for the next year.

We need to be flexible as we plan
Our higher power may have a different plan than we have.
My experience, I need to be flexible or else I will be miserable.

Do you have any Recovery Plans for 2018?
What are they?
With the podcast, Premium Membership awareness
Recovered on the Road
Working on anxiety, for example, Andrew’s Christmas Card

How did you decide on those specific needs?
What tools, steps, prayers, what recovery methods
do you plan to use to achieve those goals?

What would make your recovery happier?
some ideas may include
more time for friends
a hobby
more service work
work all steps
work a specific step
more prayer

What specific actions will you take to keep you on track?
How do we move from an idea of change to actual change?
calling sponsor on progress
journal
talk about it at meetings
prayer

What were some of your past recovery plans that you tried?
discuss failures
discuss successes

For the new guy, what tips would you suggest when making plans?
Some Goal Setting Tips
Be specific about personal recovery goals
Take small steps and ask for help along the way
Establishing a Routine
Exercise
Reduce stress
Eat healthy food

How do you deal with plans not achieved?
How do you make plans and manage expectations?

What advice would you give the new person who is making recovery plans for the first time?

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Carl
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