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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Staying Sober Over Thanksgiving

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Maintaining a program of recovery can be challenging during the holiday season. Juggling one’s program with family gatherings and work parties can prove difficult, but it is possible to accomplish. With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it is vitally important to have a plan for your day. Having a schedule in place will reduce the possibility of running into obstacles that could jeopardize your recovery.

When attending family and/or work gatherings, it is safe to say that alcohol will be present. Most people in recovery would like to maintain their anonymity. Not having a drink in one’s hand could raise flags, requiring you to explain why you are not drinking. While family members tend to be understanding about your recovery, it’s typically not ideal to have to explain to a boss or work peer that you have a history with substance abuse. Fortunately, it is OK to tell your coworkers that you do not drink without divulging your life story, such as saying:
  • I don’t drink.
  • I’m driving tonight.
  • Alcohol affects me negatively.
If you are in early recovery, it is best to attend events, which might involve alcohol, with a friend in recovery. Your sponsor may be willing to accompany you. If not, perhaps you have made friends with people who have substantial periods of recovery under their belt. It is usually a sound practice to leave parties early, as time goes by people can become intoxicated, which can be unsafe and little fun to be around.

Be sure to attend your home group on Thanksgiving. If you cannot make it because of a prior obligation, no worries, there are meetings happening all day long during Thanksgiving. It is not uncommon for people in recovery to attend multiple meetings during a holiday. Being around your recovery peers throughout the day is a sure way to maintain your sobriety. If you happen to be traveling, you can find local meetings at:
Hope by the Sea would like to wish everyone in recovery a safe and sober Thanksgiving.

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