Celebrating Holidays in Sobriety

The Holidays are a great time for families and friends to join together and share in celebration. For those in recovery, the holidays are extra special because for so long, many of us were living destructive lifestyles that centered around one thing, getting loaded.

I know I’m not alone when I say that the holidays were more of a burden than a celebration.  Family time interrupted my using and forced me to “put on a smile.”  My goal was to leave as soon as possible in order to get back to my comfort zone, ME!

Now sober, the holidays represent a great time to participate in close relationships that we had previously neglected as a result of our addiction.  In recovery we get an opportunity to look at how our actions and behaviors affected those around us.  Now we get to deposit into the relationships that we had taken so much from.

Over the weekend, New Life House families came over to celebrate Easter and put together an Easter Feast. Families participated in bringing traditional Easter dishes and the guys did all the setting up and cleaning up.

Everyone participated in making the Feast a day to remember.

Thank you to the families and friends who came for the Easter Feast. We had a wonderful day!

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  • Katherine
    Posted at 18:06h, 08 May Reply

    Throughout the first year of sobriety, everything is new and different. Sometimes the holidays are scary. As we go through each experience sober, we begin to realize that yes, I can have fun during a holiday.

    Some things I learned during my first year of sobriety were to always have my own car so I could leave if I felt uncomfortable, or while making my plans or thinking of invitations, I asked myself if this occasion is a good idea, will it jeopardize my sobriety, will this enhance my growth? Sometimes I would have to decline graciously, especially in those first few years. I found that hanging with friends before and after a AA meeting, going to lots of AA meetings, and helping out with hospital and institution meetings gave me a real sense of purpose and feeling of belonging during holiday times. Instead of putting myself in a lonely or vulnerable situation, I chose to be in a more comfortable environment.

    I also learned to lower my expectations about holidays and family. This enables me to enjoy the moment and to appreciate what I do have in my life and the relationships I have with my family. As time has passed, the holidays at our home are an open house for those who may not have family near or a place to go. This includes my AA friends as well as other friends. Every holiday is new and different, with some traditions we carry from year to year.

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