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Sobriety and the Holidays

The holiday seasons can feel like an eternity for someone in recovery. While the endless social events, many of which include drinking, may seem over-the-top, there are ways to cope and even have fun!

Here are some ideas to stay sober, safe and have fun:

  1. Change your mindset. Instead of thinking about all of the things you “can’t” do, think about all the things you “can” do because you’ve committed to a sober lifestyle. For example, write down a list of things that you can do now that you’re sober. You sleep better, you exercise, you feel better, you practice yoga, you’re in better shape, you look better, etc.
  2. Spend quality time with family and friends that support your sobriety. Try to minimize the face time with people that don’t make you feel good. Instead, make a concerted effort to spend quality time with those you actually like or love.
  3. Get into the spirit of the season. There are lots of holiday related activities that don’t include drinking. For example, get some friend together and watch holiday movies, have a dance party to holiday tunes, attend holiday themed concerts, volunteer at a local shelter, cook, shop till you drop, decorate your home, make cookies, decorate a gingerbread house, get your nails or hair done, or sip some hot cocoa.

Overall, remember to look for the silver lining. In a week, a month, or a year, the holiday event will be just a memory. You can be proud you went, you interacted, and you stayed sober. Life becomes a series of memories, so do your best to find ways to enjoy it!