And Have Yourself a Sober Little Christmas NOW!

And Have Yourself a Sober Little Christmas NOW!

Ahhhhhh…..the holidays—they are approaching like a speeding train. This is a season that can be bittersweet—for the great expectations that so many people have can often lead to disappointment. Seeing family and friends can be a blessing, but at the same time lead to additional seasonal stress. Answering the same questions over and over again can trigger intense emotions. Did you graduate yet? Are you still at that lousy job? Any kids? Are you still single? And comparing yourself to your seemingly “perfect” family members with their high-powered jobs, wonderful marriage and 2.5 children can be a recipe for the holiday blues.

A Holiday Season of Serenity, Reflection, Connection, and Fun!

A Holiday Season of Serenity, Reflection, Connection, and Fun!

To everyone receiving this email here’s knowing for you: A Holiday Season of Serenity, Reflection, Connection, and Fun! Knowing we all continue to experience the freedom of sobriety as we prepare to turn a page on the calendar and to peel more layers of the onion. Knowing we are guided and guarded in the final days of this year and all throughout the expansive new year ahead. Affirming that we are filled with empowering thoughts, actions, and fully engaged with ongoing personal growth and unfoldment.

Living the Gift of Recovery

Living the Gift of Recovery

The holiday season can be a joyous time, but for those in recovery from drug or alcohol addictions, it can also be a minefield. High expectations, over-commitment, and fatigue can lead to heightened emotions and mood swings. Travel and busy schedules increase stress. You might be away from your support network and routines, enhancing a feeling of isolation. Holiday customs, memories, and events associated with alcohol or other drug use may tug at you. But there are ways to prepare for this high-risk season and safeguard the greatest gift you ever gave yourself and those you love: your sobriety.

Unexpected Christmas Gifts from Past and Present Ghosts

Unexpected Christmas Gifts from Past and Present Ghosts

Toward the end of my run out there, a raucous Christmas party took place annually, full of loud and lively people I barely knew. Although there was food by the ton, mostly there was booze. Booze was the theme, the centerpiece, and the focus – a chance to toast and get toasted. In my Christmas past, it felt like big fun. Once I got sober, I didn’t attend for a few years.

12 Ways to Get a Natural High

12 Ways to Get a Natural High

Take a walk or a ride around after dark and look at the night sky– the moon, the stars, and at this time of year, the beautiful, twinkling, sparkling Christmas lights . . . Put on music and dance around, alone or together – salsa, waltz, rock n roll, tango, disco . . . Sit silently outside in a naturally beautiful place for 30 – 60 minutes, deeply inhaling the fragrance . . . Find a friend that makes you laugh, and generate laughter . . .

A Toolkit for Sober Living

A Toolkit for Sober Living

Pretty much every recovering addict knows about 12-step meetings, sponsorship, working the steps, and going to therapy. And much of the time those tools are enough to establish and maintain early sobriety. Over time, however, addicts inevitably encounter situations where those highly useful forms of support are not available. In such cases, it is wise to have at least a few other tools of sobriety on which to rely.

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