Holidays Tag

Christmas is a hard day to ruin for most people. It takes a lot to kill the Christmas spirit, but with addiction it is very easy. I know this from experience. When I introduced drugs and alcohol into my life, it took over everything and nothing was as important as the next high. Overcoming it is possible and being able to experience both sides: the misery of being in active addiction and the joy of working through it, brings out the true joy in the holidays.

Oh, how I love the holidays! Sweet, warm memories from early childhood rush in and occupy the dark and forgotten corners of my mind. Past Christmases all taking place at once; the lights, the tree, the Grinch and my grandpa's divine cooking which was enough to melt even the coldest soul on the coldest night.

The feeling of gratitude attained when comparing and contrasting our lives before we got sober and after can be a very powerful feeling, especially when thinking about the holiday season and how we used to be. The following piece of writing is from a member of the New Life House community, Hayden H., about his experience during the holidays prior to joining the community and now, as a part of it.

When most of us think of Thanksgiving, we imagine a cheerful time shared with family and friends gathered around a table with food, smiles and amusing stories. However, when we have a family member who is struggling with addiction, the joyous state of thanksgiving becomes embroiled with shame, embarrassment, and even sorrow.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year, not only for the fact that eating an obscene amount of pie is completely acceptable, but also because it is a day that is focused exclusively on gratitude and giving thanks for the people, places and things in your life.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of serenity and love where the family comes together. But active addiction during the holidays is business as usual, with manipulation, selfishness and chaos overshadowing the season’s festivities.

Preparing one’s recovery program for holiday season helps safe-guard an individuals sobriety. Deanna provides helpful hints for surviving the holiday season and maintaining your sobriety. Learning what to make time for and what to decline is key.

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.