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Friday, July 3, 2015

Staying Safe and Sober On the 4th of July

The 4th of July is upon us once again, a time of cook outs, fireworks, and excessive alcohol consumption. For those in recovery, navigating the waters of recovery during the holidays can prove challenging. Active members of recovery need to exercise extra caution over the weekend in order to avoid dangerous situations that can easily interfere with one’s program. It is of the utmost importance to have a plan.

Keeping to a routine can help. Staying in touch with your homegroups and calling your sponsor as usual are important during the holidays. Some people may opt for Alcathons and Narcathons, attending multiple meetings in one day. It is crucial to stay in contact with one’s support network; if a situation arises, then help is only a phone call away. Never be afraid to pick up the phone, community is the lifeblood of recovery.

If for some reason you cannot get a hold of someone in your support network, call the 24 hour 800 recovery hotlines in your area. Someone will answer to advise you; if help is needed they can contact someone to assist you. It is always easier to pick up the phone before a relapse, then after a relapse. 

Local Alano clubs usually have festive events on holidays, information about available activities can be found online. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have fun in recovery - free from mind altering substances. The more active one is, the easier it is to make it through a holiday safe and sober.

We hope that you have a safe, sober and clean 4th of July.

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