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The holidays can be stressful, especially for those of us in recovery. Whether that is recovery from substance use, food addiction, co-dependent relationships, or pretty much anything at all (I believe that we are all in recovery from something), the holidays can put a stress on our recovery journeys. Even good stress can be challenging. 

Because of this, I wanted to create a resource that can help guide your journey in recovery through the holiday season–or any season–you might find yourself in. In these pages, you will find a quick survival guide that will walk with you through the challenges of the season.

In this guide, you will learn ways to:

(1) Understand your holiday triggers

(2) 4 ways to respond in healthy ways

(3) Support others who are struggling

We never have to do life alone, friend. I am so glad we are on this journey together!

Wishing you joy, peace, and continued sobriety this holiday season.

With hope,

Caroline Beidler, MSW

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Caroline Beidler, MSW is an author, recovery advocate and founder of the storytelling platform Bright Story Shine. Her new book Downstairs Church: Finding Hope in the Grit of Addiction and Trauma Recovery is available anywhere you buy books. With almost 20 years in leadership within social work and ministry, she is a team writer for the Grit and Grace Project and blogger at the global recovery platform In the Rooms. Caroline lives in Tennessee with her husband and twins where she enjoys hiking in the mountains and building up her community’s local recovery ministry. Connect with her @carolinebeidler_official and


  1. Chris Burko Reply

    I just luv people in recovery. Their lives were so painful at times, yet I hear the hope they share. They (meaning recovering people) really helps me to remember what it was like what happened and what it’s like now. Their honesty and pain, the laughter and joy really helps me to be grateful and thankful. I got free from drugs and alcohol June 21 1997. That came about by loving people early on telling me I have 2 choices Sit down and shut up or shut up and sit down. I am sure grateful to those people now. I didn’t have much to offer in the way of recovery. Running wild and doing the things I did everyone else done that too. When they would ask me how I am going to stay sober today, Well that shut me up. They were kind loving people, And they showed me what love is. Still learning one day at a time.

  2. Linda Smith Reply

    I have been drinking since college and now because of alcohol causing health issues. I have decided to quit drinking. I know at times it may be difficult but I know I can stop drinking.

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