Originally Posted by bellagio455
I am almost at a year of sobriety off of a long stint of cocaine use. I am afraid as the holidays are coming around as depression usually hits and it will be my first season sober as far back I can remember
From what you posted, either you stopped using during the holiday season or shortly afterwards.
I cannot tell if something major in your life transpired, thus creating a need to take stock but if there was, do not forget the very thing that led you to stop using.
The holiday season can bring up a lot of emotions as it is generally associated with loved ones in a "family and/or friends" type of setting; those present and remembrance of those dearly departed.
If you are still around those who are using, stay clear, as they may try to sway you into their own brand of "celebrating" that with it, has the potential to place people in jail for the holiday season (or any season, come to think of it).
If you go to meetings, talk to your sponsor and try going to more meetings during this time of year.
On the other hand, if you are not pursuing that avenue, try staying close to positive people and celebrate the fact that you are free of this substance.
One thing though; never
feel that you have taken the bull by the horns and can reasonably go back to using; just once could set off a spiral of more than economic proportions, if you get my drift.
As I always say,"when in doubt, post it out."