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Holiday Stress and Recovery
Betty Ford Center
Johanna O'Flaherty, PhD posted:
The holidays can be a stressful time for those just starting their journey in recovery as well as people who have been sober for some time. Here are a few simple tips to remember in the months ahead.
  • At special functions, such as the annual office party, go late and leave early. Drive yourself so you don't have to rely on a ride with someone else, and always pour your own beverage.
  • If you feel compelled to attend family holidays, include a friend from your 12-Step program, if possible. Also stay in close touch with your sponsor.
  • Increase your attendance at 12 Step meetings. Many cities hold 'marathon meetings' around the holidays; volunteering to be of service would be helpful to both others and yourself.

Please let us know if you have other helpful tips or questions.

Thank you.
RoseLynn02 responded:
HI. I'm not an addict, nor have I ever been one, but I have relatives who are addicts/recovering/recovered addicts. Now I know they have Alanon for friends & family of the previously mentioned, but they are hard to go to since I have young children & no one to watch them. I have been looking around on here for a community like that, for relatives searching for some help or comprehension on the issue or for addicts/recovering/recovered & family members there of to all converse & share their stories in an attempt to get people on different sides of the issue to come together for better knowledge of the issue & better understanding of the opposite side from which they stand. I can't find any communities like that. Am I missing something or do you not have them? If there aren't any communities on here like that could I create one? Another community member & I were posting & she suggested that I could? Do you think there may be a demand for a community like that? Does anyone in this community think there would be? I think it's an important topic for all involved considering a lot of family members of addicts tend to also be addicted...addicted to enabling & need help too. I'm sorry, I'm not sure if this is an appropriate place to post this, but I didn't know who to ask.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to RoseLynn02's response:
Hi Roselynn,

You could always talk on this community about that. Members come here to talk about addiction whether its their own or a friend's or family member's. And it's fine to discuss here the ramifications on those loved ones.

As you can see, this community is pretty quiet so I'm not sure there's enough of a demand for another one such as what you describe (I know the demand is out there but whether they're coming to WebMD or not, I don't know). But you are always welcome to create one of your own.

Or you could simply start discussions here around the topics that impact you.
RoseLynn02 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
I have found a few people discussing their issues about family or friends that are addicts in different posts, maybe they don't come here because it says for substance abuse & aren't aware they could came here too. I wasn't sure if this community was for that too or not because of the description & not just the name. Well thank you for your help.

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