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  • posted Hello everyone! The holidays are rapidly approaching and I am afraid I will use. Any tips/suggestions for getting through the holidays without using? What do you do?
    • AndreaR First of all make a plan of what you’re gonna do, and always have a backup plan.

      Second, try and spend it with family who support you and if you have kids, spend the holidays with them.

      The less you have around the less you have a chance to use.

      Go to meetings whenever possible, and always remember to reach out when you have an urge.

      Happy holidays
  • posted you have to set boundaries. not only for other people but, for yourself. self will got us nowhere.
    • fuzzy1973 well, if you have done a proper 4 and 5th step (or some kinda of moral inventory) that's a start for things to watch out for in others and more impotently- yourself. if you know a certain person, place, or situation is going to be trouble, chances are it is. there is no shame in choosing not to go into a bar 'just for a hamburger and fries with a friend" if you feel uncomfortable about being around alcohol; always better safe then sorry. if some one doesn't show respect for your choice in sobriety, they are probably not going to be a good influence on you. but most importantly; you have to learn how to put your sobriety first for yourself, not anyone else.
    • HeatherO True story but it can be tough. How do you do this without creating stress and using?
  • posted I’ll just leave this here for those who need it.

    Perfection is something we strive for, but we’re never going to achieve. The reason is because no matter how hard we try, we’re never going to be perfect.

    If you try your best, that’s all you can really do.

    If you really want to be seen as perfect, well all you’re really doing is causing yourself unnecessary grief and anxiety, because no matter how hard any of us try, we’re still not going to be perfect.

    We are all works in progress. Just try and be the best person you can be, and try and be better than you were yesterday. That is all that matters.

    What other people think of you is something you can’t control. Just worry about what you can control.

    Remember... the only thing that really matters is what you think!
  • posted happiness is an inside job. there is no one who can create happiness for you other then yourself; my sponsor told me this and i hated him for it because he was right! there is no person, place, or thing that can create a lasting sense of happiness unless we learn to find it and build upon it within ourselves. we have to stop thinking that "i need a girlfriend/ boyfriend, some piece of materialistic status so i can move forward with my life/ recovery; it's something i really need". what we are really saying is "i need some one/ some thing to use as an excuse to be miserable and blame when things don't go my way and playing God fails".
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  • posted A year ago I didn’t think I was gonna make it, but with the right support and the right mindset I came this far.

    This is to remind everyone that you’re not alone in your recovery process. There are plenty of people who love you, who care about you and who want to see you succeed.

    Don’t forget to reach out for help.
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    • AndreaR Jason, please stop posting these things. This board is about recovery from addiction. Thank you.
  • posted old habits won't keep you sober or clean. you have to be willing to change! yes, we all have our comfort zones and routines. but, if we keep doing the same old thing (people, places things, thinking) and finding excuses for it. we'll eventually find an excuse to relapse.
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