Holiday Survival Guide - Page 2

By Francesca Brandelius 12/23/12

Young, sober and hoping to avoid temptation this holiday season? Here's how to stay out of trouble and have some fun.

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-Put a text out to all young addicts/alcoholics in your area and set up a game of hide-and-go-seek in the park (or cemetery) or a game of midnight soccer at school field, or go sledding/ice blocking on a golf course. If the cops come, let them know that you were looking for alternatives to the bar scene. And honestly, they probably won’t come. It’s the holidays and there are DUI’s to be distributed.

-Take a walk, get out in nature, go to the beach, howl at the moon.

-Watch a movie, bake cookies, or rent a hotel room and have an all-night game night. May I suggest Apples to Apples, Catch Phrase, or Charades? 

- Write a letter to your past self reviewing the successes you’ve had this year. Then write a letter to your future self projecting all the amazing things you are going to do this coming year. Shoot for the stars! Make your goals big. You didn’t get into recovery to have a miserable life. And if you want to make a vision board, by all means do it.

-If worse comes to worse, choose the lesser of two evils. It is not a popular stance, but if it gets down to getting drunk or calling an ex, call that ex.  Alternatives also include: watching back-to-back episodes of horrible television, reading old journals that will surely embarrass you and definitely make you not want to get loaded, refreshing your Facebook non-stop, or the good reliable fall back: sleep. 

Francesca Brandelius has photographed for national music magazines and advertising agencies. Her YouTube videos have gone viral and she is currently finishing her memoir, Little Miss Addict. She also wrote about addiction at South by Southwest and dating in sobriety for The Fix.

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