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Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season:

The holidays are a time of family, friends and traditions. Here are some tips to ensure your holidays are safe, healthy, and happy:

If you are hosting family and friends for special holiday celebrations

  • Always remember to offer alcohol free beverages for designated drivers or guest who prefer not to drink alcohol. There are great “mock-tail” recipes on this website. A quick search on the internet will also provide great resources for alcohol-free beverages.
  • Always remember to serve a variety of food items, this encouraged your guests to drink more moderately and will slow down the effects of alcohol.
  • Monitor you liquor, beer, or wine supply and be aware of over consumption by your guests and consider using less alcohol in their drinks.
  • Plan activities that don’t involve drinking – ie: don’t host “drinking games” that promote getting drunk.
  • NEVER SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21. It is unsafe, unhealthy, and can be financially devastating if anything happens to them or if their behavior harms someone else.

For People in Recovery from addiction, whether it is for alcohol or any other drug, the holidays can be a very trying time. Here are some tips for staying clean and sober during the holidays:

  • Plan each day of your holiday season – spend as much time as possible with people who support your recovery
  • Attend all your regular recovery meetings. If you are traveling, go online and find a list of meetings in the area you are traveling to.
  • Ask for help – people who support your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays.
  • Keep a list of at least ten people you can call and keep it with you at all times. It helps to make sure your cell phone is charged as well.
  • Exercise regularly – this helps keep your recovery I balance.
  • Stay away from slippery places – no good reason to go there.
  • Create new traditions to replace old habits. Try going somewhere you always wanted to, but never did because your drinking/using got in the way.
  • Make a daily gratitude list – count your blessings and check the list twice (at least).
  • Volunteer somewhere – helping others is the best way to help yourself.
  • H.A.L.T. - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired – if you are hungry, eat something; if you are angry, talk to someone about it; if you are lonely, call someone, check in with your sponsor, or go to a meeting; and if you are tired, get some rest.

Below is a link to a PDF of Mocktails (alcohol free beverages)

30 Mocktail Recipes

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