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How To Remain Sober During The Holiday Season

Updated on November 16, 2010

As we all know that when the Holiday's start to come upon us we start planning for family gatherings, parties, and just celebrating the Joy of Christmas and The New Years.

This is a fun time of planning for many, but it could be the worst time for people that have had an alcohol or drug addiction in the past, and now are living a sober life.

Many recovering alcoholics or drug addicts fight each day to stay sober. The addiction they had always remains in their mind and when Holiday's or any other function come around they fear deep down that without strong willpower, they may relapse.

They have made it all though the year trying to stay away from those old drinking buddies and staying clear of any place that would tempt them to drink again, but with the Holiday's arriving they will be faced with the temptation of the drink or the drug.

At this point is when the true power within will play a major role in figuring out how to remain sober during the Holiday Season.

I know for a fact, when the first Christmas Holiday came around after being sober for the entire year I had somewhat of a worry within that I may not be able to get through this Holiday Season.

All of us know that drinking alcohol and for some folks, doing drugs, are all involved in the Holiday celebrations with family and friends. As the old saying goes,"Eat, Drink And Be Merry".

For some reason, people always think that they could never have a good time during the Holiday Seasons without being drunk, buzzed or high. I know that was one of my concerns while being addicted to alcohol.

We the alcoholics or drug addicts look at the people that are sober, drinking their coffee or soda during these Holiday's and wonder to ourselves, "how can these people actually have any fun being sober?"

The lesson I learned was you can indeed have a great time, with plenty of laughter, carrying on and just enjoying yourself, all being sober. I never thought that would be possible, but I learned it was and it can be possible for anyone that is willing to just have fun being sober and surrender to the horrible addiction that they have carried with them for so long.

The best Christmas gift you can give your family and yourself is to remain sober throughout the Holiday Season and throughout the entire year as well. There is nothing better than Sobriety and not a better Gift.




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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thanks saleheen, It's all what you make it. I have more fun now than I ever had being drunk and that's the truth.

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore


      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. :)

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Your strength is an inspiration. It's hard but you are doing it. I take my hat off to you The Clean Life!