The focus: Keeping your sobriety in tact on holidays like the Fourth of July can be tough , especially if you're new to recovery.
The opportunity: With the right perspective and effective strategies, you can celebrate without regrets.
The solution: Use these 4 tips to stay sober and enjoy your newfound freedom, plus know what you did the night before.
Tip 1). Remember What It Was Like
I was a practicing alcoholic for 16 years, and while there were definitely some good times, there came a point where the bad times far outweighed the good. That misery lasted for what seemed like an eternity, one demoralizing day after the next. Black outs, red outs, insane behavior, institutions, and debilitating depression became the party life for me. Been there, done that.
Toward the end of my drinking career, I wasn't the kind of guy you wanted to know after a few drinks. In fact, I didn't want to know me either. I had gone so far off course from who I knew I was deep down inside. The end was coming one way or another, and thankfully in my case, that meant eventually getting sober. Remembering how many times alcohol has been at the center of your problems in the past helps motivate you in positive ways to continue seeking progress in your life.
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