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 own: these are all triggers for fear.Here’s some collected wisdom to help keep you clean and sober this holiday season.
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 recovery, your chosen family is your recovery family, and that fellowship you share is the support system that can help you get through tougher family … Continued
I realized it was time to develop a heightened level of awareness and some strategies to reduce the risk around the holidays. We are all going to find ourselves in situations where alcohol is served so it is important to have a plan or some options ready to deal with the situation.
Being restored to sanity during the holiday season boils down to one thing – giving of yourself and to others. If you go into situations wanting, you’re likely to come out wanting. But if you make it your goal to be of service to your family in whatever way you can, then your holiday will be a success no matter how anyone else behaves.
Unless you’re not from Canada or have been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably know that Canada Day is coming up on July 1st. But wait…addiction is kind of like living under a rock! Many of us didn’t care much about holidays except in terms of how they helped (or … Continued
**Please follow Public Health guidelines at all times to ensure your safety and that of those around you. If you’re just getting sober, you know it’s coming: Victoria Day Long Weekend. This first long weekend of Spring signals more than just the arrival of warmer weather; for many who are in recovery, especially those newly … Continued
On this Valentine’s Day, if you are in a relationship, if you are in love, enjoy it. It is a wonderful feeling. Just don’t expect it to stay the same. If you are alone, don’t judge yourself and beat yourself up. Be kind and compassionate with yourself.
When my husband entered recovery, I thought that was the final long-awaited destination that any alcoholic’s family so desperately wishes for. I believed as long as he stayed sober, all would be well. The work was his and his alone. Little did I know that recovery would be just as important for me as it is for him.