Before you know it, the holidays will be here, and you’re probably already preparing for the upcoming festivities. It is possible to maintain your recovery and remain sober for the holidays. This is good news; do not let previous holiday seasons dictate the current one. Celebrating holidays in recovery with friends and family can allow you to make new memories and repair relationships. There are a lot of blessings for you to count this winter season, and a women’s sober living program from Women’s Recovery in Colorado may be at the top of your list this year.
Being sober for the holidays and learning to enjoy them again is possible. Contact Women’s Recovery at 833.754.0554 to learn more about our outpatient treatment programs.
The Benefits of Celebrating Holidays in Recovery
Sober Holidays in Recovery Can Enhance Your Social Life
It’s been a good year of recovery and sobriety; you’ve made friends and developed supportive social networks. You can expect invitations. Lots of them. Whether they come by mail, telephone, text, or your favorite social networking site, you can count on being invited to lots of sober get-togethers and jolly good times galore this year.
Your sponsor, sober sisters, and friends in addiction recovery are sure to request your attendance at various gatherings to make sure you stay safe during the holidays. Plus, you’ve been attending 12-Step meetings since you’re in recovery. Self-help groups put on all kinds of sober events to help people maintain their sobriety during the winter holidays. Examples of these groups include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
Check out local meetings happening around your city in case you need to go to one.
Sober Holidays in Recovery Leave You With Fewer Personal Regrets
In years gone by, many of us made a complete fool of ourselves at family gatherings because we drank too much alcohol or popped too many benzos. Some of us didn’t show up at family gatherings at all because we were too high to make an appearance. After the holidays passed, we felt tremendous guilt and apologized to all our family members for our behavior.
This year, because you are in recovery, you can show up to family events nicely dressed in a cheerful mood, ready to spend some quality time with family – without worrying that your behavior will spoil the evening.
Sober Living for the Holidays Lets You Remember the Good Times
How many holiday events are a complete blur to you because you spent the entire time in a drug or alcohol-fueled holiday haze? Not this year! This holiday season, you can rest assured that you will be able to cherish the memories you create with your friends and family because you will be sober in addiction recovery. You will engage in meaningful conversations, experience true joy, and be able to laugh authentically. There is nothing quite like spending a holiday sober.
Sober Living for the Holidays Helps You Use Your Money Wisely
Now that you’re not spending your money frivolously on your addiction to heroin, alcohol, or cocaine – or whatever your drug of choice was – you’ve got more money in your pocket. This will allow you to do nice things for your family and friends for the holidays. Maybe you’re planning to do such things as:
- Put on a nice meal
- Get your loved ones a few precious gifts
- Visit some holiday attractions with your family
- Take your loved ones to a special show or event
With all the extra money in your pocket, your sober holiday season will be more enjoyable and meaningful than ever.
Sober Living for the Holidays Is an Experience to Savor
You can finally kick off your shoes and enjoy the holiday season with a newfound sense of peace, security, and contentment. You don’t have to worry about running out of drugs or alcohol, and you don’t have to dread partaking in the same old addiction rituals year after year. Enjoy the freedom and joy of your recovery this holiday season, and let it inspire you to remain sober in years to come.
In years gone by, you may not have been able to do anything for anyone because you were caught up in your addiction. Or maybe you weren’t there at all. This year will be different. Of course, if you can’t afford to do anything for your friends and family this year, that’s okay too – it really is! Seeing you sober and healthy will be a joyous enough occasion for all your friends and family.
Learn More About Sober Holidays in Recovery at Women’s Recovery
The holidays are a stressful time for everyone – whether you’re sober or not. Don’t let the stress overshadow the joy of the season. Sip some hot cocoa, put your feet up by the roaring fire, nibble on some yummy cookies, and enjoy yourself and your loved ones. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. If you or a loved one need help this holiday season, call 833.754.0554 or contact us online.