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30 Tools to Stay Sober Before,
During and After the Holidays
1. Attend as many AA meetings as possible AND participate.
2. Get a Sponsor and work the steps.
3. When tempted, think the drink through and remind yourself WHY you stopped.
4. Practice Gratitude first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
5. Take care of your body, eat right, sleep right, exercise, and drink lots of water.
6. Watch videos about the devastating effects of alcohol and listen to podcasts focused on sobriety.
7. Reach out to others in need with a text, email, voice message.
8. Get a sobriety app to track your days sober and dollars saved.
9. Embrace the cold, shut off the hot water.
10. Become an active part of a recovery community – online or in person – and remember that the difference between Wellness and Illness is WE, not I.
11. Have a way out – Always have a way to leave if you start feeling uncomfortable.
12. Accountability – Bring a sober friend or check-in before and after the event.
13. Keep a cup in your hand when you are attending a party or a family function.
14. Lower your expectations of everyone at the event.
15. No one at the event will be more disappointed if you drink than you.
16. Don’t take anyone’s actions personally.
17. You may even tell them you will not be drinking tonight and for sure ask them to put you on a pot of coffee.
18. If you start getting antsy, start cleaning up, play with the kids, go for a walk, call your sponsor or a friend in recovery.
19. Have a time limit for how long you are staying.
20. It is time to leave when I hear the same story for a second time and at a higher decibel.
21. Prepare for the event – take a nap, have a snack, go to an online meeting –be emotionally, spiritually, and physically ready, or reconsider attending.
22. HALT – Take action when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
23. Take advantage of one or more of the many service opportunities during the holidays.
24. Attend an online meeting at any moment before, during, or after the event and pray for each person attending until the craving passes.
25. Always know when and where your next AA meeting will be before you leave the current meeting and have a backup meeting just in case you need it.
26. Tell the bartenders that you are not drinking alcohol tonight.
27. Don’t do anything out of obligation. We always have a choice.
28. Feelings or thoughts are not facts. They have no value unless we give them value.
29. “No thank you” is a complete sentence.
30. The holiday is no different than any other day.
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Podcasts are a great way to not only hear stories of experience, strength, and hope, but to stay connected. Some offer topic discussions as well.
AA Meeting Guide
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24 Hour new Zealand Marathon Meeting https://zoom.us/j/2923712604
24 Hour U.S. based Marathon AA Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2020061935?pwd=eFJkNTZ0eEJPMFhNY2ZONndQbmh2dz09
Transitions Daily hosts an online AA meeting every night at 9 PM Eastern called the 4th Dimensioners. The direct link is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/432316244 or www.ZoomAAMeetings.com. There is no password but you must log in to a free zoom.us account for authentication before entering the meeting.
Google Drive from this meeting; https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Uwp2_NSMW79H2S9iLbGDTcY73wpthVUl?usp=sharing
This link also has lots of AA study pdf’s and study notes from prior meetings when we read the first 164 pages of the Big Book through and other AA literature.
Our Google Drive has the following files;
Online Meeting pdf with tons of online meetings
Additional Resources List
Step notes Steps 1-12
Resentment – Freedom from Bondage Notes BB P. 544-552
Acceptance is the Answer Notes Notes BB P. 407-420
Professor and Paradox Notes
Tools and Morning Prayers
Zoom Bombing Defense pdf
Meeting flyer in both pdf and jpg
Other Online Resources
Facebook Recovery Groups starting with Transitions Daily.
If you are in need of more Facebook recovery groups and are a member of one already, post that you are looking for other groups to join too.
Check events for scheduled meetings in your recovery Facebook groups
List of recovery phone apps; https://www.addictioncampuses.com/alcohol/apps-for-recovery/
Private Facebook Group called ZoomAAMeetings 23,000 members and multiple Zoom meetings.
Contact your group GSR. Many districts are setting up zoom meetings for local attendance with the point person being the group GSR (General Service Representative).
Facebook Messenger video chat for one on one meetings
Free Zoom account for meeting with Sponsees or your sponsor for up to 40 Minutes free. https://zoom.us/
Skype is another free program for face to face meetings. https://www.skype.com
Slack App was also suggested for video chat. https://slack.com/
Read the Big Book; https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoholics-anonymous
Read the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions;
Free access to the AA Grapevine during the pandemic. https://www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help
AA Literature and Brochures
Shared Google Calendars
Daily Thought – This is a Google Calendar that provides a combination of thoughts, one per day. A mix of recovery quotes from AA, Christian, A Course in Miracles, and Taoist text.
“The A.A. Groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contribution of their own members.”
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