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We have officially entered the month of green – March!  We’ve made it through the big holidays (New Years Eve anyone?!) and we can breathe a sigh of relief.  And then comes St. Patrick’s Day.  This holiday commemorates the arrival of Christianity and St. Patrick into Ireland – and often includes green beer and parties.  This day can also be a challenge to anyone in recovery!  Rather than focus on what we CANNOT do, let’s focus on what we CAN do to celebrate this holiday:


    1. Create a new tradition for yourself

    2. Wear green!

    3. Attend a parade

    4. Make your own celebration with sober friends

    5. Attend a support group (SMART, 12 Step, etc)

    6. Eat an Irish meal

    7. Check out local resources – for example, New York City has an entire website focused on how to celebrate this holiday in recovery

Have a Safe and Sober St. Patrick’s Day!


Best Wishes from the AToN Center,



Cassandra Cannon, Ph.D.
AToN Center 858-535-1516