Visitors to the About.com Alcoholism/Substance Abuse site have taken time to share their personal tips on dealing with the pressures of the holiday Season. Click on their names to read their suggestions. More holiday ideas are listed in Part II.
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If I hang with the winners, I won't pick up that first drink!
Keep close touch with my sponsor; make sure that she knows me well enough to see if I am working a program.
By making new friends in the program and learning to enjoy the holidays for what they really are, I gained a new perspective on life.
I learned that no one cares if I'm drinking or not and that "what" I carried in my glass was rarely noticed by anyone.
In my early years of sobriety, I would hang out at the 24-hour A.A. group.
If you drank during the holidays, focus on something else - and keep busy or entertained.
My first year I latched on to one of the members and didn't let go. They got me through that year and the next two.
For me, taking a drink is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. It would be one hell of a buzz but that buzz would cost me everything I had, forever.
Go late and leave early. I have found that no one notices - or cares - how long you are there.
It's not what's in the glass that's important, it's what's in your heart.
One thing I try to do during the holidays and at any other time I feel the stress is remember how it was.
Thank your Higher Power for your sobriety today and don't drink. Think how great it is to be sober today.
Sometimes a peaceful feeling comes just knowing those numbers are in my pocket.
Most of all I have to continue to work the steps and be around recovering addicts and alcoholics.
Stay clear of HALT (don't get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired).
I deal with the holidays by planning ahead. I stay inside and communicate with the elders and the kids and I do not let anything keep me from doing this.
I could only stay with family for one or two hours and then leave. I made other plans to back me up.