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Reach Out and Stay Sober this Season

The festive season is generally filled with laughter and cheer and all things festive.

That usually means late nights, long days and an influx of parties and events that you have to attend.


For the average Joe this time of the year is much anticipated but for many of us this time of year is not such a joyful experience.

For those battling against drug addiction and alcoholism this time of the year can be isolating and terrifying all at once.

With so much temptation at this time of the year it does become difficult to remember the reasons why you stopped drinking or using in the first place.

Therefore it is best to take the necessary precautions to make sure we stay strong and sober this Christmas.

Tips on how to stay sober this Christmas:


  • This time of the year is a great time to start putting more effort into your sobriety; it could include activities such as reading more addiction recovery literature or starting a holiday journal.
  • We tend to think we are alone in our struggle this time of year however there are many newly sober people with similar fears about the festive period. Isolation is a choice; choose to talk about how you are feeling instead of suffering alone.
  • Discussing your concerns and fears with family members can be both helpful and relieving.
  • The festive season is all about traditions, traditions like having a night cap on Christmas Eve or enjoying a few glasses whilst you cook lunch. It is important to start creating new traditions for your new sober life.
  • Increase your Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting attendance.
  • Spending a lot of time with your family can start to feel a bit overwhelming; it is ok to want to spend some time away from the festive chaos that is Christmas time. A simple walk can help.


Step Away Addiction Rehabilitation Centre South Africa

On behalf of all the staff at Step Away Rehabilitation Centre, we would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stay safe and have a wonderful festive season!

For more information please contact us.


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