These 12 simple and timeless tips can help you stay sober over the holidays. (from the December 1978 Hummer, adapted from Box 459) Line up extra A.A. activities for the holiday season. Be host to A.A. friends, especially newcomers. Keep your A.A. telephone list handy. Find out about special holiday parties. Skip any drinking occasions you are nervous … Read More
Getting through the holidays can be difficult–and they happen over and over again. . .Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July, etc. What can you do to stay sober? How can you avoid substance abuse and still enjoy the holiday? Below are a collection of blog posts and articles designed to help you survive (and enjoy!) the holidays while in recovery.
“So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear ones The old and the young A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let’s hope it’s a good one Without … Read More
In my second year of sobriety, I took my first sober vacation. Cape Cod, Massachusetts Low on sufficient funds, a friend and I traveled locally to Cape Code, Massachusetts. We rented a campsite next to a small lake. There were showers and a pavilion in case of inclement weather, and that was about it! The … Read More
If there’s ever a time that it’s “okay” to drink, it’s on New Year’s Eve. Society seems to conspire around us to make that very point. Ads on the television, radio and bilboards along highways try to convince us that one particular brand of liquor or another will deliver us the greatest party, making everyone … Read More
May the miracle of recovery be real to you this Christmas, and may God bless you as you surround yourself with your family, your A.A. family and your Duff’y family. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year!
Maintaining sobriety through the holidays can be a challenge, especially early in sobriety. I know an “old timer” that says, “Going to a holiday gathering this time of the year in early sobriety was like walking into a college final exam. You can study all you want, but you still don’t know what’s going to … Read More
We are grateful for many things in our recovery, but one of the greatest blessings of all is living in a land of freedom. We can pursue our passions, start businesses, hold private meetings, voice our opinions, and pray to a God of our choosing. So many things we do in Twelve Step meetings are possible only because of … Read More
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. But if your loved one’s in rehab, no matter how deeply you inhale, it feels lonely when the one you love is so many miles away at treatment. Alone on Valentine’s Day Even though you’re happy that they’re in a place of healing, you still miss them … Read More
According to usa.gov, “Quit Drinking” ranks among the top ten most popular New Year’s Resolution. Now that you’re out of rehab and well on your way to achieving that goal, it’s time to focus on another top ten resolution: losing weight. Or is it? IS IT HEALTHY TO LOSE WEIGHT IN RECOVERY? Although everyone should be … Read More
There’s something magical about New Year’s. There is a feeling that has nothing to do with the glitter of party lights or the boom of fireworks and an atmosphere alive with expectations unrelated to presents or Santa Claus. It all comes down to one thing: New Year’s means new beginnings and second chances. As a time … Read More