The holidays sober are full of joy but they can also be very difficult to get through while in recovery. Holiday memories and events associated with alcohol or other drug use may tug at you. This will can be tough because you may be away from your support network. Don’t fret you can prepare!
College, that is where I saw myself start to degenerate and fall (among many of my “friends”). I remember feeling free to do what I wanted and at that point it was smoke and drink all that day. However nothing goes as planned and it felt like a horror movie after a couple years with “friends” being picked off one by one by one (due to drunk driving, overdose, etc.). By the end (of college into graduate school) things had changed for me too and I was the sober one. Being the sober one was amazing, hilarious at times, and scary.
As you can tell by the title, I think it is important to take time as much as possible to look at the big picture when it comes to recovery and sobriety. It is easy to get bogged down in the little details and the hard days, but you can reinvigorate yourself by looking at your situation from a distance. Hopefully this post will motivate you throughout your journey to sobriety. Recovery is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. Sobriety is an ongoing process – a journey. It can be tough at times, but extremely rewarding as you better your life and get clean physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is very important to be honest with yourself throughout the process. Identify your strengths, weaknesses and triggers and don't be afraid to seek help. Speaking of help, ask for it early and often. It may be in the form of a professional counselor, recovery group or just a supportive friend.