Staying Sober on the Holidays

The holiday season is a special time of year to say the least. No matter what your religion or nationality, nearly everyone across the globe is in a state of celebration, bonding together in the spirit of unity and brotherly love. However, this can also be a trying time for people, especially for those in recovery for whom this time is associated with excessive drinking and drug use, alienation, and disappointment. Because of our pasts in active addiction, we often have broken family ties or have painful memories associated with this time. This is why we must be extra cautious now to make sure we do not backslide.We have made tremendous progress in our personal recovery and we need to keep that at the forefront of our thoughts as we venture into this holiday season.


We keep ourselves in check by doing the things we’ve learned in recovery; reach out, call your sponsor, and don’t use drugs and alcohol no matter what. There are a number of sober events hosted ever year specifically for people like us so that we stay connected with others and remember where we came from. Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are fantastic resources and can direct you to the nearest sober holiday event.


The Face the Music Foundation would like wish everybody a safe and happy holiday. Thank you everyone for the support in making FMF what it is. Contributions are what sustain FMF and have helped countless addicts and alcoholics get clean and sober.