Sober Holiday Tips: Meeting ‘Share-a-Thons’

Need to get out of the house for a bit and see some friendly sober faces? Recovery support group meeting marathons run 24/7 from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day

December 21, 2023
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Community is an essential part of addiction recovery, and sometimes, the community you need is one that understands where you’re coming from and where your head is at. Especially during the holidays.

That’s where recovery support communities come in, and there are hundreds of thousands of them around the world. Most are organized under the banners of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Recovery Dharma and LifeRing, and you can almost certainly find one near you — wherever you are this season.

Because the holidays can be stressful, alienating and triggering for people in recovery (though we hope they aren’t!), many of these groups host marathon meetings all day, every day, from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. These “share-a-thons” have become a tradition of sorts, a place to grab a bite, vent, take a breather or even catch up with old friends. In a pinch, you can also drop in to one online. Find on- and offline meetings hereherehere or here.

Ricky Byrd, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, is a share-a-thon regular; he explains how these meetings work, and how they help him through the holidays!

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