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Holidays can be especially difficult for people in recovery. Here are some tips to help stay clean and sober this season. 1. Have A Plan! Make sure you have a way out. Bring your own beverages and/or sober support person. Know what to say when asked why you are not drinking Drive yourself or have cab fare 2. Stay Away From Slippery Places There is absolutely no reason to check out your former favorite establishments or drinking and using friends. Instead you can meet for coffee or breakfast but stay out of old haunts. 3. Create New Traditions… To replace your old using patterns. If you’re in recovery, chances are your holiday season hasn’t gone so well in the past. Here is your opportunity to really show up for your family and friends with true holiday spirit! You can drive around to look at Christmas lights, make cookies, go to a play, or watch holiday movies. 4. Go To Meetings! People at meetings understand what you’re going through. You can also pick up some more tips on how to cope through the holiday season. If you’re feeling particularly shaky then ‘double up’. Maui AA has an alcathon at Cameron Center every year. Check out www.aamaui.org for more information. 5. H.A.L.T. – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired This is a lethal combination for people in recovery. If you’re hungry – get something to eat If you’re angry – talk to someone about it If you’re lonely – go to a meeting, call a friend, or your sponsor If you’re tired – rest 6. Ask for Support from Family and Friends Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays. 7. Don’t Overindulge Too much sugar and caffine can make cravings worse and cause mood swings that you don’t need during the holidays. Remember moderation. Eating healthy is important for recovery. 8. Volunteer Your Services There are many people in your community less fortunate than you. You will be helping not only the needy but also yourself. Maui AA central office can always use volunteers. You can reach them at 244-9673. 9. Make a List and Check it Twice Have a list of 10 people you can call. Carry the list and your cell phone at all times. Start getting used to calling these people now. It won’t be as uncomfortable as calling during a slippery situation. 10. Stay In The Moment Live one day at a time and enjoy your recovery. Enjoy today, live today. Write out a gratitude list daily. Celebrate your recovery!