Not Home for the Holidays? Set Up an Out-of-Town Meeting for Staying Sane & Sober
John Lavitt - The Fix
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December 24, 2015

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We are so lucky to live in the 21st century where so much can be accomplished over the Internet in advance! If you are traveling, use the websites of the 12-step programs to find meetings in advance.

After figuring out your basic holiday obligations and commitments with your family, set-up a meeting schedule that works for both you and your family. At the very least, know the daily meetings you can attend in your area and try to figure out what meeting you are going to go to first.

If you haven’t done this in the past, you are going to be impressed. Across the world, 12-step members are so open and giving to out-of-towners, particularly over the holidays. You will very likely find the temporary emotional support, positive feedback and empathetic commiseration that you will need to help you stay sober and sane over the holiday season.

Check out more holiday strategies for alcoholics and addicts in long-term recovery at The Fix

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