Fighting addiction during the holidays

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This is here to give you some tricks and ideas to fight addiction over the holidays.

Remember, no matter if it’s family or friends, don’t go to places where you know that it’ll be detrimental to your sobriety. Learn to focus on something different. If you see any triggers in your life, pick up the phone and call someone you can trust.

I’m here to tell you today that I am in outpatient. It’s been so hard for me. I messed up three times since I’ve been in outpatient and I haven’t even been out a month, but I’m working on getting back to inpatient. First of all, it was being confined for so long that I chose to pick up when I got out because I didn’t focus on what my goal was. I was focusing on being free.

Stay sober. Focus on the goals that you have achieved. Give yourself a pat on the back and keep your eyes in the mirror and look at yourself each day and see how far you’ve come and how much you have changed. It’’s all about change and good behavior. It’s all about focusing on just loving yourself and taking care of yourself.

I lost focus when I started focusing on other people when I first got out. Everybody was demanding, wanting everything I had to give. I don’t have a lot but I took it on as a toll. But I got my focus back on straight and my therapist is trying to get me back in the program. I may have to start all over, but I refuse to live out here. I want to survive and I want to beat this thing.

One of my facilitators told me, “You realize you’ve been drinking 36 years.” You know, I haven’t realized I’ve been drinking that long. That’s more than half of my life, and that’s why it’s so hard to fight this battle, but I refuse to give up. I’m going to keep on each and every day trying to keep that drink out of my mouth.

Stay away from phony and fake people. They are not your friends — they live to get you high or get you drunk then get a kick out of it. Learn to walk away turn the other way, call somebody and use all your coping skills. Don’t forget, it’s all about you and your life and how you want to live it. It’s hard. It ain’t easy. We’ve got to do it every day just to stay sober and clean, but it’s worth it. I love you all. Have a happy New Year.

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