Perspective: Present for the Holidays

by Edward S. (Punanai 2012) The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, a time to be with those you love the most. When I was drinking this wasn’t always the case. The alcoholic life required a tremendous amount of work. It took a big physical, spiritual and...

Perspective: The Magic of Holiday Fellowship

by Tony A. When I was very young, the holiday season was a very special time for me.  It was a magical time of the year — a time of love, joy, laughter, giving and fabulous food, and everyone was so very happy. During my drinking days, though, the holidays became a...

Holiday Recovery Tips

When you’re early in sobriety — or just going through a rough patch — the holidays can look pretty scary. All the hoopla, financial stress, the prospect of family get-togethers, being out of your comfort zone, or maybe the idea of spending the holidays on your...

Video: How to Find Your Chosen Family

[su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEHXydzd_KE”]   A chosen family comes in handy whether you’re in recovery or not! We all seek comfort in our close friends when our traditional family ties are strained or otherwise difficult. In...

Perspective: The Sniff Test

by Bill G. (A jewel from the archives.) I was nine months into recovery when I experienced my first sober Christmas in more than 15 years. My wife and I were invited to a big family party. While I did not anticipate any problems, I was mentally prepared just in case...