Holiday time can be a hard time for newly recovering addicts. Until old patterns emerge into new ways of thinking alcoholics/addicts can be up for grabs in this time of pretty wine, drinks, toasting of and clinking of glasses time. The drinking ritual is great for non-addicts but for us addicts it can be a setup for yet more downhill slide into the disease and even death so we have to be diligent and double up on meetings, calls to sponsors, and watch where the hand is going as well as the mind and its thinking.
Social drinkers have fun this time of the year. Practicing alcoholics don't but of course later when recovery sets in if that is the case you can go have fun without picking up again. According to the 12 steps of AA you will be safe and protected in a party situation. I know I can go anywhere at this stage of my sobriety and be more than Ok but frankly don't find it interesting to hang with lightweights (the term for social drinkers).
There are Christmas and New Years parties in most cities that have an Alano clubs with 24 hour marathon meetings and food (and oh yes) large pots of coffee. I used to love going to those when I was newly sober. It was a safe place to land to celebrate with fellow addicts. There was fun, light, love and good company as well as great meetings that reinforced our sanity. God bless the clubs and all that warmth. It saves many lives.
I love the holidays and am here to testify that if you are new to program, new to sobriety or struggling to get sober there are places you can go, and especially during the holidays, to get your needs met. So relax, enjoy this time of the year and congratulations on your victory over alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
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