Tag Archives: Sober Activities

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Alumni Association: Mug Life Coffee BreakCome out for coffee and fellowship at Just Love Coffee Cafe in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and then hit one of the meetings below!

Coffee Meetup Details

WHAT: Mug Life Coffee Break
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12th – 5:30PM – 6:30PM
WHERE: Just Love Coffee Cafe – Murfreesboro West – 2863 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro 37128

Meeting Details

WHEN: Spiritual Solutions – NA/Closed (Men & Women meet in different rooms) 6:00PM – 7:00PM
WHERE: 745 South Church St Suite 501, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130

WHEN: Primary Purpose – AA/Lit. Study – 7:00PM – 8:00PM
WHERE: Blackman United Methodist Church – 4380 Mason Pike, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

WHEN: The Basement Bunch – AA/Closed – 7:00PM – 8:00PM
WHERE: St. Paul Episcopal Church – East Main St., Murfreesboro 37130

The Challenges of the Holidays

For some, the holidays are a carefree time spent celebrating and relaxing with loved ones. For those in early recovery, the pressures of seemingly endless parties and dinners present an obstacle to sustained sobriety. Catalysts for cravings can appear anywhere – reunions with old drinking buddies, difficult family members, busy travel schedules, financial stress, holiday gatherings fueled by alcohol or even the stress brought on by being back in your hometown. To aid you in preparing for these challenges, Cumberland Heights has compiled a list of tips that will help you to protect your sobriety this holiday season.

  1. Make a Plan for the Holidays

    Before leaving home or participating in any potentially triggering events, be sure that you have developed a plan. This may include asking a sponsor or sober friend to come with you or attending extra 12-Step meetings in preparation of the holidays. Remember that you can always limit your time in difficult situations; you can either set an expectation of leaving at a specific time, or text a friend to call you and request that you leave the party.

  2. Practice Moderation

    Over the holidays, it can be tempting to indulge in heavy meals and abandon your exercise regimen. As with all things, moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with setting aside some time for relaxation and rejuvenation during your time off, but be mindful of how changing these habits can affect your physical health and routine.

  3. Make Self-Care a Priority

    Be sure to take some time for yourself this holiday season. Get a good night’s rest, eat well and find some quiet time each day to meditate or reflect on your emotions. You may be surprised by small, free activities with restorative properties:

    • taking a bath
    • making a phone call to a sober friend
    • curling up with a good book
    • watching silly videos online
    • ice skating
    • asking for help with chores
    • cooking a new recipe
    • decluttering your closets or drawers
  4. Find the “Wise Mind”

    The holidays can be an emotional time of year. For some, unpleasant childhood experiences or past memories from active addiction can be particularly salient during this time. This flood of feelings can be difficult to handle in early recovery. Practice a technique straight from the DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) manual: finding your wise mind.

    This exercise creates a Venn diagram of possible views: your emotion mind (knee-jerk feelings or perceptions) and your reasonable mind (rational, logical thoughts). The ideal intersection of these two schools of thought is wise mind – a state in which you recognize your emotions, but are not ruled by them. If you are triggered at a holiday gathering, first try to name your feelings before acting impulsively. You may be tempted to lash out or react passive-aggressively. Instead, ask yourself, “Is this wise mind?”

    Wise Mind Holiday Coping

  5. Perform Acts of Service

    Giving your time to others can be a spiritually fulfilling practice. It provides purpose and reinforces your 12-step education, especially during the holidays. If you would like to volunteer from home, you can participate in activities like can drives, knitting hats for infants in the NICU and putting together hygiene kits for the local homeless shelters. If you would like to get out of the house, there are a few great places to volunteer:

    • Homeless shelters
    • Food pantries
    • Local libraries
    • Retirement homes
    • Animal shelters
    • Treatment centers
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help Over the Holidays

    Remember, there are countless others who are staying sober this holiday season. Whether this is your first December in recovery or your tenth, it can be a challenging time of year for anyone. If you find yourself struggling, be sure to reach out for help. This can take the form of calling your sponsor or checking yourself into a treatment center when things become overwhelming.

At Cumberland Heights, we provide residential and outpatient support to those struggling with addiction. Call our staff at 800-646-9998, 24/7. We are standing by to support you.

Practicing therapeutic activities for sobriety.Author Heather King explained the complexity of her struggle with addiction in her published book titled, Parched. She stated:

“I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.” ‘

Addiction makes us think that our lives will feel better – that suddenly our entire world will change and our problems will go away; what many find, however, is that the “promise” of alcohol and other drugs only lasts as long as the high. Once the high is gone, reality sets in again. Sobriety can be a difficult to grasp, and it takes time; there are many therapeutic activities that can help ease the process, though.

Sobriety requires change, and certain activities facilitate that change in a number of ways:

  • 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) help add structure to recovery while also connecting a person with sobriety leaders and peers who are working towards similar goals
  • Holistic practices such as massage therapy, meditation, yoga and more can help align the mind, body and spirit – which can greatly reduce some of the anxiety or depression that a person may be feeling as they navigate their journey to sobriety
  • Creative processes such as art therapy, music therapy and drama therapy allow for movement and expression alongside the building of connections with others – which is exactly what those in recovery need to begin adapting to recovery

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy emphasized the beneficial effects of nutritional therapy for those in recovery. The study noted that coming in from active addiction, it’s normal for people to experience depression, anxiety, memory loss, mood swings and more; nutrition in combination with other treatment activities can make a world of difference for someone anxious to adjust to sobriety.

Cumberland Heights in Murfreesboro Tennessee is a 12-step based outpatient alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals age 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

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