10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 2

Holiday Sober Living

Sober Living Tip 2

It’s magical – it the holidays!

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Maintaining Holiday Party SobrietyHoliday Myth: Alcohol and/or drugs can be consumed with good cheer and no ill effects.


For those in recovery seeking to maintain sobriety – drinking any amount of alcohol (or consuming a favorite drug) will lead to a painful seasonal relapse.

Regardless of all the ‘holiday cheer’ at office Christmas parties or other holiday gatherings – there are severe and painful consequences for relapse.

But, holiday relapse does not have to happen.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Maintaining Sobriety: Stop, Look, Listen





Mindfulness is the basis for maintaining sobriety. But how to achieve a mindfulness that can be accessed even under severe stress?

Start at the Beginning – and Breathe

Just as we learned in kindergarten regarding railroad tracks – the same applies to everyday life.

Stop, look, listen.

Mindfulness Exercise for Severe Stress

This mindfulness centering exercise can be done anywhere, at any time – and requires no set up.

Although, please note this exercise will be more successful if you practice it at least once a day, even if not stressed.

If you are feeling overwhelming stress – or pressure from a situation – do the following:

  1. Stop what you are doing. If you need to excuse yourself and walk away to another room or outside – do it.
  2. Breathe deeply and hold the breath as long as you can. ‘Watch’ your breath. That is: concentrate on breathing as if this is your only activity in the world. And for now, it is.
  3. Slowly release the breathe. Breathe in slowly and again hold the breath.
  4. Repeat your concentration on slow breathing for 1-2 minutes.
  5. When it feels comfortable – listen. Just…listen. If you are outside, hear the wind moving in the trees. Notice birdsong or even car noise. Just listen to sounds in your surroundings without making a good/bad judgement.
  6. The combination of centering by concentrating on the breath and listening to surroundings without involvement – will bring you back to your ‘center’.
  7. Our center is the place where we can just ‘be’ for a few moments, without any judgement. This is who we really are.
  8. Centering works to ‘break’ the connection with physical and emotional stress; and returns us to a place of inner peace.
  9. If the situation or environment cannot be brought back into perspective through this centering exercise – you may want to consider excusing yourself and leaving the situation.
  10. YOUR sobriety is the most important thing to consider during times of severe stress. It is possible there may be hurt feelings on the part of others due to removing yourself from a situation temporarily. However recovering alcoholics and addicts (especially the newly recovered) must take care of themselves first. The negative consequences of a relapse are far greater than trying to please everyone.

Holiday Sobriety is Possible!

Check back tomorrow in here our blog for Tip 3, which will be featured in our post 10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 3.

We Wish You Sober and Happy Holidays!

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The experienced and accredited Arrowhead Lodge Team allows us to help men for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed. Thorough medical, psycho-social, addiction and trauma assessments inform medical interventions, medication management needs. Our team’s approach is individual in treating addiction and trauma in each client.

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