Helping You To Have A Sober Holiday Season
Take this opportunity to celebrate not only the holidays, but also your new life of sobriety. This in itself is something really worth celebrating. If you find yourself struggling during the holiday season, please remember that you are not alone. Help is only a phone call away! Here are some helpful and practical tips to make staying sober a little bit easier.
- Plan each and every day of your holiday season. Plan to spend the majority of your time with friends and family who are supportive of your recovery.
- Find a meeting in your area. Many groups have special meetings during the holidays to share their experience, strength, and hope. Check the local papers for a meeting near you.
- Ask for support from family and friends. Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays.
- Have a list of ten people you can call. Make a list and check it twice. Carry your cell phone and list of names at all times.
- Don’t forget about regular exercise. Regular exercise is an essential component of any balanced recovery program.
- Stay away from slippery places. There is absolutely no reason to ever check out your former favorite establishments.
- Create new traditions to replace your old using patterns. Buy a new board game or take the family on a sleigh ride. Use your imagination, be creative, and have fun.
- Write out a daily gratitude list. The quickest cure to get you out of the holiday blues is by counting your blessings and be grateful for what you have every morning.
- Volunteer your services to a charitable organization. There are many people in your community who are less fortunate than you. You will be helping not only the needy but yourself!
- Write a letter to yourself – “How I stayed sober over the holidays.” The act of writing your ideas on paper is very powerful. Write down all the activities and events that will help you have a healthy, happy, and sober holiday season.
- Avoid H.A.L.T. – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. If you are hungry, get something to eat. If you are angry, talk to somebody about it. Feeling lonely? Go to a meeting or call a friend. If you are tired, get a good night’s sleep.
- Live one day at a time and enjoy your sobriety. Stay in the moment and live one day at a time. Never mind about what happened or what could happen. Enjoy today. Live today. Celebrate your sobriety!
The Serenity Prayer – Long Version
God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change…
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.