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ARCNH SOBER HOLIDAYS GUIDEREAD THE GUIDE
ARCNH recognizes that the typical guides for a happy sober holiday season may not be applicable to all of us this year. We have compiled a comprehensive list of holiday recovery reading material, but we have also written our own guide- one that focuses on the complexities of the 2020 holiday season. We hope you find our guide and our entire holiday resources page helpful.
Holiday Marathon MeetingsVIEW MEETING LIST
A marathon meeting, often called an Alcathon (AA) or Narcathon (NA), consists of back to back meetings over several hours. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years marathons are an excellent source of support. ARCNH has compiled a list of local marathon meetings for this holiday season, all of which are meeting on Zoom this year.
FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
Supporting a loved-one in their recovery doesn’t necessarily come to all as second nature. SMART Recovery recognizes that friends and family members may not know how to best support their loved ones in recovery throughout the holiday season. Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Recovering Family Members and Friends not only provides great insight into this topic but also outlines how family and friends can ensure their own wellbeing throughout the holidays.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is an alternative group program of recovery to traditional 12-step programs. Rather than 12 steps, SMART utilizes 4 Points: building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts/feelings/behaviors, and living a balanced life. SMART’s holiday guides are a great resource for individuals looking for secular, evidence based recovery suggestions.
THE 12 DAYS OF CR CHRISTMAS
Get in the spirit with this creative spin on the 12 days of Christmas that incorporates the 12 steps of Celebrate Recovery.
NHAA Holiday Toolkit
New Hampshire Alcoholics Anonymous Area 43 has published a virtual toolkit called “Sober Strategies for the Holidays”. The toolkit contains short essays from members of AA on the topic of staying sober during the holidays as well as a list of 100 things to do instead of drinking, 12 tips on keeping your holiday season sober and joyous and links to uplifting speaker tapes.
Resisting Urges with LifeRing
LifeRing Secular Recovery is a program based on the principle of empowering your sober self through “The 3-S Philosophy”: Sobriety, Secularity and Self-Help. In the LifeRing program, sobriety is defined as abstinence. Secularity means that while people of all faiths and none are part of LifeRing, the group conversations do not involve religion. Self-help refers to an individuals own motivation and effort. LifeRing offers a variety of general resources for dealing with urges as well as a holiday specific resource.
PROTECT YOUR SOBRIETY AND PREVENT RELAPSE
“The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 17 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults.” –from hazeldenbettyford.org
SAMHSA’s (substance abuse and mental health services administration) National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
NH AA Hotline
Need help, or just need to talk to someone? The New Hampshire Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is available 24 hours a day. Hotline staff also have information about virtual/online AA meetings and how to access them.
Veteran Crisis Hotline
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Feeling anxious or alone and thinking about suicide are some of the signs that a Veteran may be in crisis. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.