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Friday, March 25, 2016

Staying Sober Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday is only a couple days away, a day when families come together to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. If you are working a program of recovery, it may be a struggle to be around family for an extended period of time. It is important that you stay on top of your program, make sure you fulfill any recovery commitments you may have and attend your daily meetings.

Relapse is a common occurrence on major holidays. A lot of old feelings can emerge, requiring those in recovery to be extra vigilant. Such feelings often arise when in close contact with family members. You may find yourself around alcohol on Sunday, if so, make sure your phone is charged so you can easily reach out for help if you find yourself struggling.

If you do not celebrate Easter, or you do not live near your family, it is always a good idea to stay close to your recovery family. Have a plan in place for your day, it is never a good idea to have idle time on major holidays. Some of your peers will probably be in the same boat as you, together you should make a plan for the day.

Please keep in mind that last Sunday was the Spring Equinox, which means that Winter is officially over. With the change of the season, you may want to think about taking some time to consider where you came from, the progress that you have made and what you may want to ponder changing in your life to better ensure continued recovery. Making a list of what is working and what is not, will allow you to create an inventory of things you would like to work toward in the days to come.

As with every major holiday, it is likely that there will be people on the roads who are driving under the influence. If you can limit the amount of driving you do on Sunday - all the better! A number of states and cities will have DUI checkpoints set up to deter drunk drivers, but they cannot stop everyone.

If you are not currently in recovery, then what better time than Spring to bring about change. Please contact Celebrate Hope at Hope by The Sea to start your recovery; we give you the tools necessary for never having to drink or drug again.

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