The Christmas time of the year is a great time for family and friends. It is also a time when there is a lot of temptation and potential to relapse. It is important to stay focused on your recovery. Many recovering addicts get into a funk during this time of year, especially if they are new to sobriety and there have been a lot of life changes. If that descriptions fits you, then you should consider going to extra meetings and making sure you have some place to go on Christmas Even and Christmas Day. If you have not made any arrangements, talk to your sponsor and get something going.
Remember, you need to take positive action. Positive action contributes to your recovery success. Try to be positive and have some fun.
We have written some other articles on dealing with the holidays.
Our advice on staying sober during Christmas still applies today. Read it here and take in the message. There is no secret formula for success. Go to more meetings. Understand that it may be stressful. Be prepared.
Absolutely the best thing to do is to get sober before the holidays and stay that way. Challenging, but you can do it. Read more here. This is a message for those of you who are sitting on the fence, still drinking, but not willing to make the change. The best time to get sober is always right now. So, if you started the holidays with yet another drinking binge, stop before the holidays start!
Finally, have a Merry Christmas. We wish you the best and hope you this season brings you joy. The best way to get the feel of Christmas when you are in recovery is to do it sober. First the sobriety and then the joy. No better way to feel good about yourself than to feel good about your accomplishments. Merry Christmas and a sober new year!