Everyone of us alcoholics has at least one story of us ruining a holiday party, dinner, or occasion by getting drunk. We can be abusive, obnoxious, insulting, or any number of other adjectives when intoxicated. We might even have several stories of arrests or being asked to leave events because of our using. Yet, this is a time when a lot of folks actually think about picking up a drink again! Somehow that little itty bitty shity committee in our brain forgets what it is really like!
If you are an alcoholic, chances are you been asked or been forced to spend the holidays alone because of your drinking. So why are you thinking of picking up that first one? Here are the things you can do to help get you through the holidays sober:
- If you have to pick up, pick up the phone! Call your sponsor or any other person in recovery.
- Instead of driving to a bar, drive to the closest club or meeting. Just drive to the meeting first. Promise yourself that now.
- Think the drink through. What happens after that first one? Then the second, then the third? How does this progress and what will you feel like in the morning?
- Buddy up. Don't go to any celebration this season without another sober alcoholic with you. Make this your personal rule--even for family gatherings.
- Volunteer to chair at least one (if not more) of the marathon meetings for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year's eve. Make it a very unpopular time when few others will volunteer--say for the 3am meeting. This is service work and this will help keep you sober.
- Commit to a meeting a day (virtual, phone, or in person) from Dec 1 through Jan 2--and DO IT! No slacking or stupid excuses.
- If you are still reading this, that means you are pretty serious about staying sober through the holidays. Keep up the good work!
Below is the Kingman and surrounding area meeting list and contact information. We also include local agencies that may help alcoholics because we believe in cooperating with any organization or professional that will help the still suffering alcoholic.
"More and more, we regard all who labor in the total field of alcoholism as our companions on a march from darkness into light. We see that we can accomplish together what we could never accomplish in separation and in rivalry." ~Bill W. Grapevine reprint (P-34 - Let's Be Friendly With Our Friends)Putting contact information here does not in any way mean that we endorse that agency, only that we practice the "Let's be friendly with our friends" principle as given to us by Bill W.
Service (12th Step Work) is the cornerstone of our recovery. We invite you to choose from the options below to contribute to carrying the message for the still suffering alcoholic. Your experience, strength, and hope is needed and appreciated.
Come join us as we trudge the road of happy destiny.
GET INVOLVED !!
12 Step work includes getting involved in service work! Intergroup needs a new co-chair. Entertainment chair is also up for election in December. It’s time to get involved!
Intergroup meeting Dec. 13 at 7pm
Northern Lights Hall
TWO HOSPITAL MEETINGS ARE NOW DISBANDED
DUE TO LACK OF ATTENDANCE. It happens and we are sorry to see them go, but others are opening. When one door closes, another always opens. These are the meetings we are losing:
MONDAY BIG BOOK STUDY AT 3:00 PM
SATURDAY DISCUSSION GROUP AT 7:00 PM
You may want to download a new meeting guide.
No plans for Christmas Day?
Kingman Intergroup invites you to a Potluck Feast!!
Monday Dec. 25 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Northern Lights
Turkey, ham, sodas, water and coffee provided
Please bring a side dish, dessert if possible. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.
It’s a family event so bring your children!
34th Annual River Roundup
January 4-6, 2024. We're doing it again at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino. Come for the convention fun and fellowship that has continued for so many years of sobriety!
- AA Marathon Meetings
- Al-Anon Marathon Meetings
- Richard with Comedian (included with admission purchase)
- Friday All American Buffet $42
- Golf $75 – (Registration required; lunch included with $75) Laughlin Ranch Golf Club, 1360 William Hardy Dr., Bullhead City, AZ 86429
- Bingo $11 & Bowling $20