What’s in your holiday toolkit? Do you dread spending holidays with family? What tools have you found to make the experience tolerable or even joyful?

  • (Realistic) expectations.
  • Recognize when you are feeling stressed (HALTS?)
  • Escape plans.
  • Literature.
  • Locate and plan to attend meetings if you will be out of your usual area.
  • Phone list.
  • Arrange with sponsor or friends to call them.
  • Don’t stay with your family — have a refuge you can go back to.
  • Sit at the kids table.
  • Don’t engage in arguments. (WAIT — Why am I talking?)
  • (No) expectations.
  • Keep your recovery routines, such as prayer and meditation.

Readings and Links

Al-Anon e-books can are available. Visit the Al-Anon store for details.

A caller described several resources for visually impaired or blind people. These are

  • BARD, a free app available from the Library of Congress .
  • Voice Dream Reader, $20, downloads and reads websites.
  • iPhone has a service called “voice over” that can read books purchased for iBooks.
  • BookShare is a subscription service that has many audio books.
  • And, of course, there is the Audible audio books subscription service.

Upcoming topics

A couple of topics suggested by listeners are “Men in Al-Anon”, and “Double winnersPlease call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the Show

The Ramones – We're a Happy Family
Joan Baez and Jeffrey Shurtleff – One Day at a Time (Live at Woodstock)
Bing Crosby – I'll Be Home For Christmas

1 comment on “Holiday Toolkit – 311

  1. Caryn says:

    I appreciated the share about and list of resources for the visually impaired. I will be sharing those with my partner.
    Regarding men in meetings: I am a woman and many of my codependency issues revolve around my relationships with men; whether it be sexual, romantic, platonic, familial or work/service related. I have found that hearing the shares of men over the years has helped me to question a lot of my own gender biases and let go of many of my pre-conceived notions (prejudices) so that I more able to see each man I interact with as a unique individual which has made a tremendous, positive changes in every aspect of my life. I am grateful for the courage and vulnerability of the men I’ve heard in meetings and on these podcasts.
    Thank you.

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