We live in a culture that loves to drink. Actually, with a few exceptions and my fellowship friends I really do not know anyone that does not drink.
I am frequently faced with the following questions, especially around this time of year with the holidays quickly approaching:
What would you like to drink?
Why are you not drinking?
Are you sure you would not like a drink?
Why don’t you just try this, it’s delicious?
These questions can be challenging at times. They were especially challenging when I first moved to the Midwest away from my support network on the Monterey Peninsula. Before Nebraska, I lived in my “Pacific Grove Bubble” which consisted of:
Work (at Beacon House)
Sponsor, Friends (basically all sober), Family
I never really had the opportunity to utilize the tools from my “Tool Box.” Today I get to utilize those tools that I had been collecting for over a decade. These tools or solutions are as follows:
Stay spiritually connected. Always. And if I am not connected, I stay home.
Always have a drink in hand (water, diet coke, club soda) so people do not feel the need to constantly ask me what I would like to drink….
I practice saying “no thank you” and leaving it at that.
I stay close to my husband when at social gatherings.
If not with my husband, I always have an exit plan, if needed, to leave a social event.
And lastly, I always remembe there is no problem or situation that is worth a drink.
For me, alcohol makes things worse – never better
What solutions do you have for this holiday season? What is in your toolbox?
Help for Addiction Recovery During the Holidays
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