Addiction and the Holidays

8 Tips for Your First Sober Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-23T13:33:09+00:00November 14th, 2017|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday|

In the early stages of recovery, you're learning new ways to cope with everyday situations. Developing healthy habits is a big task, especially during the holiday season. If this will be your first sober Thanksgiving, stay on the path to recovery with these 8 helpful tips. 1. Be Grateful. Thanksgiving is all about counting your [...]

Staying Sober on New Year’s Eve

By |2018-10-23T16:50:20+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

For people in recovery, New Year’s Eve can present a minefield of obstacles to staying sober that aren’t present on other holidays. There is the idea that celebrating the change from one year to the next is linked with popping corks and consuming alcohol. Anyone who plans a quiet evening or who doesn’t join a [...]

Staying Sober During the Holidays

By |2018-10-23T16:52:49+00:00December 14th, 2016|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are in the early stages of recovery. If you're used to a holiday season that involves using alcohol or drugs to socialize and celebrate, navigating a sober Christmas may feel a little intimidating. Prepare yourself for the challenge with this 7-step game plan. 1. Organize [...]

8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #1 is to Accept that Addiction is a Disease

By |2018-10-24T10:30:41+00:00December 26th, 2012|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

For generations addiction was understood to be a lack of willpower.  People with this mindset believed that the addicted person chose to make bad decisions and act selfishly.  People thought recovery could be accomplished by forcing addicts to take responsibility for their actions and say “no” to their urges to drink/use. In recent decades, science [...]

Addiction and the Holidays

By |2018-10-24T10:31:52+00:00December 19th, 2012|Holiday|

Addicts and alcoholics often describe their addiction as cunning, baffling and powerful.  It has the ability to destroy their careers, financial savings, relationships, hopes and dreams.  During the holidays it is particularly brutal, ready to bring potentially disastrous consequences into the lives of millions. For the part of the brain that controls addiction, the holidays [...]

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