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14
Nov

Planning a Drama-Free Holiday Season

Okay, if we’re honest, it’s possible that “drama-free” and “holiday season” are simply two ideas that don’t go together! All the proverbial hustle and bustle, traveling, and splitting time between places are common. But lingering aspects of the pandemic, as well as possible loneliness and isolation that sometimes accompanies this time of year, might also...
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02
Dec

How to Have a Sober Holiday Season

Whether you’re newly sober or in long-term recovery, the holiday season can be both full of joy and full of stress. It’s easy to be boxed in by lofty expectations, even with the best intentions. If you use a 12-Step program as one of your sobriety wellness tools, it’s easier to understand why even the...
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Black Dad in front seat of car high-fiving his daughter in the backseat - holiday season road trip
18
Nov

Enjoying a Memorable 2020 Holiday Season

Without a doubt, the majority of us will be happy to leave 2020 behind. As the holidays approach, we might still be navigating the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications we’ve experienced these past few months, as well as adjusting to a new “normal.” But if we keep our expectations flexible, 2020 could bring the best...
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12
Dec

Establishing New Holiday Traditions During Recovery

Breaking the Mold While advertising campaigns and the media often portray the holiday season in the same merry ways every year, sometimes people in recovery feel there are more complications than joys during this time. They might find it challenging to talk with relatives about where they are in sobriety, or struggle with a sense...
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30
Oct

Dealing With Loneliness During the Holidays

Feeling lonely can happen any time of year, but it’s often more apparent during the holiday season. Loneliness is a valid emotion, and it’s fine to acknowledge it. It’s also a feeling you can change with a certain level of acceptance and helpful actions. Alone Vs. Lonely First, it’s important to understand the difference between...
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18
Nov

Handling the Holidays While in Recovery

The festive holiday season is often filled with work parties, gatherings with family and friends, themed activities, and other events. We celebrate certain traditions, cook or bake specialty foods, and enjoy customs that only happen once a year. The Holidays: Not Just Jolly As happy as these times often are, they might also be gateways...
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26
Jul

6 Ways To Celebrate Drinking Holidays Without Drinking

Every month to every couple of months there is a national holiday or a widely recognized celebration. In America and many countries around the world, it is customary to celebrate with drinking. Most often, with excessive drinking. During the early months of recovery, and anytime throughout life abstinent from alcohol, drinking holidays, or drinking celebrations...
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12
Dec

Holidays ~ Grief Stirs Every Sense

Dealing with grief during the holidays… Children looking at holiday cards ~ 1910 Did you ever stop to wonder why we have so many major holidays crammed into the last 90 days of the year? For many of us these holidays hold special memories of our childhood. These memories may be positive or negative, depending...
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25
Nov

Holiday Fare: Do You Have A Sobriety Friendly Cookbook?

Holiday cooking, holiday shopping… Are you the holiday chef in your family? If so, then right about now you are finalizing your Thanksgiving menu, re-checking your last-minute shopping list and starting to plan those dishes that you can prepare 24 hours in advance. Let’s face it, being a guest at someone’s holiday table is easier...
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24
Dec

Holiday News: Sibling Rivalry Can Affect Onset Of Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Esteem Issues!

Christmas Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It’s Christmas Eve!  If you celebrate Christmas, then chances are over the next 48 hours you will be scrambling to finish your shopping and/or traveling to be with family to celebrate, enjoy a traditional meal and spend a great time with your grandparents, parents, siblings, spouses, children, cousins, nieces and...
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