Yearly Archives: 2012

12 Addiction Stories from 2012

Everybody has a story; life is full of stories. Some stories inspire us, some teach us lessons. Here we have a 12 different people and their stories about addiction and recovery. 1. Dan’s Story A former Duffy’s guest tells of his skepticism upon first arriving at Duffy’s, his desire to give up, and a counsellor’s love … Read More

Merry Christmas!

Dear friends and family: During this Christmas season, we want to take a moment to thank you for letting us be a part of your new life in recovery. We miss having your beautiful spirits around Duffy’s, but we’re excited that you have an opportunity enjoy a new life and freedom this holiday season. Wishing … Read More

What should I do if I relapse during the holidays?

Question: What should I do if I relapse during the holidays? The holidays can be one of the most difficult times for those of us in recovery. We’re getting invited to employee Christmas parties and other family and friend events where drinking is expected. And sometimes we relapse almost accidentally, maybe because we just want to fit in with … Read More

How to Refuse a Christmas Invitation While in Recovery

Question: How do I refuse a Christmas invitation without offending someone? How do I tell people I can’t drink?  This is one of the most commonly asked questions during the holiday season. And no wonder: refusing Christmas invitations never occurs without a layer of awkardness. Ask for advice. The first thing to do is to ask … Read More

Why is it hard to stay sober during the holidays? A Staying Sober Tip

Staying sober during the holidays isn’t easy, probably because you’re surrounded by friends and family, creating emotionally charged and stressful situations. Some of the sticky situations you might encounter this season might may include Family conflict. Strained relationships may complicate holiday planning—or leave you with little to plan for. Past Guilt. Memories of what happened during past … Read More

What Is Christmas?

It’s finally here―the best time of the year―but sometimes the hardest time of the year for those of us still in our disease of addiction or recovery. This anonymous poem helps us all to remember exactly what Christmas is. Every time a hand reaches out To help another . . . that is Christmas Every … Read More