staying sober over the holidays It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. Relationships, loneliness, depression, and unreasonable expectations from family have a way of unveiling themselves in the months of November and December. Family issues often come to light; negative holiday memories from childhood may reappear, unhealthy relationships or family dynamics may surface along with family secrets or pressures. Surviving the holidays as an addict in recovery can be daunting. Of course, it's not just family issues that cause stress over the holidays. Worries about finances, expectations for a "perfect" holiday or making up for past holidays that failed to measure up can also cause stress. Holidays are meant to be joyous, but we often finish the year feeling overwhelmed. It's enough for anyone to feel defeated instead of rejoiced. For a recovering addict, however,...
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