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We spend so much time trying to "help" those who struggle with the holidays, that sometimes we forget that for most people in recovery, it's a joyful, happy time and a reason to celebrate. Visitors to the About.com Alcoholism Forum share how they celebrate the holidays and maintain their sobriety.

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    December 25, 2007 at 6:43 pm
    (1) Fred Shaughnessy says:

    Why, About.com, did you change the way headlines are displayed, making it extremely difficult for those of us who are not computer geeks, to use?

    December 27, 2008 at 12:11 am
    (2) Michael says:

    G’day Buddy T
    The term ‘recovery’ is widely used today.
    I reckon it is an inaccurate and misleading term to use when talking about stopping substance abuse – alcohol or other drugs.
    You will hear or read phrases like ‘I am a recovering alcoholic – yep! – been dry now for twelve years – and still in recovery’ or ‘She’s three years into recovery for alcoholism’, or worse still, ‘Addiction is a disease and as such you will always be in recovery’. Rubbish!
    I drank heavily for thirty years. By medical standards I was ‘an alcoholic’ (that’s what my doctor told me anyhow).
    But my addiction to alcohol ended the very moment I decided I was not going to drink again. Beyond the 3 – 5 days of medical intervention that is indicated in some cases of alcoholism, there has been no ‘recovery’ for me and nor will there be.
    I accept 100% responsibility for my addiction
    and likewise take full responsibility for the choice I made to stop drinking in 2007.
    Since then I have not had a drink – not one single drop of alcohol.
    If I were to accept the position of the ‘victim’, which is what I believe the concept of ‘recovery’ sets up – then for me it would be like reversing into the future.
    In reverse, windshield facing the past but looking into the rear view mirror to see where I am heading into the future. That’s like having the backside of a dog on the end of its nose. Silly!
    No thank you. I will not play the role of the recovering victim with a focus on the problems of the past. I choose to be a part of a sober future and that’s what I want to think about most.
    For me it is like this, cut and dry.
    I once drank too much alcohol. It caused me and the people I love many problems. I decided I didn’t want those problems any more. I stopped drinking. I drink no more. I am now free, healthy and happy. I am not in any recovery.

    December 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    (3) b says:

    How long do dt’s usually last?

    January 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    (4) Shug says:

    Michael you say you drank heavily for 30 yrs then your addiction stopped when you decided to just quit drinking. Have you never thought that you were maybe a heavy problem drinker and not a an alcoholic, there is a difference. I hope you have just decided to quit drinking and indeed are not an alcoholic. Wish you well.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    (5) Mark says:

    From 1985-2005 I did not drink, I started to drink again in 2006 until this Sept 5th when I quit after an intervention with my family? I am an avid runner and walker. I ran a marathon in October and my body has not recovered. My Dr. Is sending me to a Rhumetologist. My symptoms are fatigue myalgia, memory loss , joint pain, throat infections, sadness ect… Could any of these symptom be the result of sudden cessation of heavy drinking?

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