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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recovery Over The Holiday

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Thanksgiving is around the corner once again, and for those who are actively working a program of recovery it can be a difficult time. But do not be discouraged, for you are not alone. Holidays are often considered to be the hardest time for those in recovery, due to all the old memories and feelings that can arise - coupled with spending more time around the family than usual. On the other side, many recovering from drug and alcohol abuse have not yet mended the wounds inflicted upon their loved ones, which means the holidays can be a lonely time. If that is the case, be sure to spend as much time as possible with your recovery “family.”

One’s sponsor and recovery support network are indispensable throughout the holiday season. Keeping in close contact with the aforementioned is vital to staying clean and sober during Thanksgiving. Never hesitate to reach out to you support network, recovery is not possible on one’s own. If you find yourself in a situation that can compromise your recovery, pick up the phone and call for help. If your sponsor does not answer, leave a message and call the next contact on your recovery phone list. It is a good practice to keep a list of phone numbers you can call in the event of an emergency.

Remember the tools you have at your disposal, and lessons that you have learned at meetings. Don’t let yourself get too Hungry/Angry/Lonely/Tired - HALT: Conditions that lead to unhealthy thinking or a relapse. If you find yourself in any one or more of those states, correct the problem immediately.

All throughout the day, 12-step meetings will be taking place in spades. Be sure to attend your home group and as many other meetings as you feel that you need. Even if you do not feel like you need a meeting, there may be someone who is need of what you have to say. Helping others stay sober, helps you with your own recovery. We can only keep it, if we give it away - pay it forward!

Be cognizant of the recovery events taking place in your area, such as dinners and dances. It is important to have fun in recovery, events are great opportunity to meet new people in your community and create new holiday memories that do not include mind altering substances. You can find out information about holiday events at:
Whiteside Manor would like to wish everyone a safe holiday, one free from drugs and alcohol.

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