The Holidays are an exciting time of year – family, friends, gatherings – it’s a joyous time to spend time with your loved ones and for many, to take a break. But for those newly sober and in recovery, it can also be a difficult time of year due to the fact that there is often alcohol or other substances around you in the midst of these social gatherings.
But, with the right tools in place, you can stay sober and keep your recovery strong during the holidays, while strengthening your recovery along the way.
We’ve talked numerous times about the importance of having a recovery toolkit – a set of coping mechanisms you can use to stay sober during trying times. This year, to continue helping you build your recovery toolkit during the holidays, here are 10 quotes to help get you through the holidays sober, using the words of those who have gone before you in recovery.
- “One Day At A Time”
- “Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.” –Henry Ford
- “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”
- “Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.” – Dean Dauphinais
- “Our best problem-solving resource is peace. Solutions arise easily and naturally out of a peaceful state.” – Melody Beattie
- “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” – Psychologist Emile Coue
- “The person who broke you can’t be the one to fix you.” – A note to self
- “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – The Serenity Prayer
- “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”
- “When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.” – Alcoholics Anonymous
- “If one is never enough, have none.”
There are hundreds of quotes that exist to help you boost your recovery and stay grounded. What are some of your favorite quotes? Check out this list here for a few more to add to your toolkit. And if you’ve heard something from your mentor or sponsor, add their wisdom to your toolkit as well.
Beyond having a toolkit of quotes and wise words with you during the holidays, make sure you have sober friends to reach out to for support, contact your recovery coach or sponsor, or attend an AA/NA, Smart Recovery or Celebrate Recovery meeting.
Remember, recovery gets easier as you continue to strengthen yourself in recovery practices – the people, places and things that will continue to support your new lifestyle. Your success staying sober today will help ensure a stronger recovery tomorrow. Stay in the moment, enjoy your time with friends and family, and be hopeful about the journey ahead of you in recovery.
On behalf of the team at Common Ground, we hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family, and that you have the tools to keep your recovery strong.
If you or someone you know is in need of outpatient treatment services in Rochester, Winona or Red Wing, MN, contact Common Ground today.