Now that I am in recovery I am just beginning to mend relationships with family and friends after years of active addiction and alcoholism. I am learning to practice “Easy Does It”.
Now that we are clean and sober, we may not know how to reconnect in a way that is healthy for all involved.
If we are in early recovery, it may be too slippery to visit family and friends where alcohol or drugs may be present. We may opt to spend time with our sponsor and sober friends and attend AA meetings that provide meals, support, and a safe haven. Perhaps we might have family and friends visit us at our sober living home for a short visit to exchange cards and gifts.
We have many choices and options now that we are clean and sober. And, we have every right to protect our sobriety, emotional/mental stability, and peace of mind. As I continue on my journey of recovery, I know that for myself, it is important for me to set up plans in advance so I don’t set myself up for self-pity, being a victim, chaos, loneliness, or even worse, a relapse.
Reach out to your new friends and family and ask for support. Create your own get-togethers, send holiday cards to those you love and care for, create a new holiday recipe, write a gratitude list, and share at meetings.
You are clean and sober and this is the greatest holiday gift you will ever receive. Each day is a new beginning full of possibilities!
If you need a family for the holidays, A Work in Progress is here to love, support, and cherish you in your recovery. To learn more, please call us at (818) 633-1719 or fill out the contact form on this page and someone with get back to you promptly.
Happy Holidays from all of us at A Work in Progress!