"I'll quit drinking after the holidays."
"How am I going to get through the holidays without drinking?"
So, you know how you always hear "one day at a time"? That phrase will never be more true than during this season.
The way I see it, there are only 5 real days that you have to get through!
2. Christmas Eve
3. Christmas Day
4. New Year's Eve
5. New Year's Day
That's it! The rest of the days are just fluff. The fluffy days leading up to the 5 big days. So, if you can just breathe, go to meetings, stay busy, stay focused, sing, dance, pray (especially, pray)...whatever it takes to get through these 5 days, you're golden!
I know, I know. I know what you're thinking. "That's BS. The holidays are soooo long. They're hard."
I get it.
Believe me, I do. Remember, I'm an alcoholic just like you are...or think you are...or are trying to figure out if you are. I remember EXACTLY how you might be feeling right now. You're scared. You're wondering if you can really stay sober. You think you're not strong enough. You think that your problems are so very unique and big and special that you might even have an excuse to drink because "You would drink too if _______________!".
Yes, the holidays are hard, but you and I both know that putting alcohol (a depressant!) into your system is NOT going to make the season any easier. You and I both know that chaos is just around the corner when you drink. We both know that you will absolutely regret picking up that first drink, because that first drink will just stir up the pot and we know where that will lead you...to the second and third and tenth drink. We both know it.
So, please don't put off your sobriety until after the holidays. Start now. Ask for help, now. Do it now. Then, you can enjoy five days AND the fluffy ones in between.