All Press Releases for December 11, 2021

Alcohol And Drug Addiction: How To Survive The Holidays And Get Past The Holiday Triggers By Harriet Hunter, Best Selling Author Of Miracles Of Recovery

Hunter's award-winning book, Miracles of Recovery, became the first-place recipient of the coveted President's Award in nonfiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Miracles features 365 powerful daily inspirations

    WILMINGTON, NC, December 11, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most of us look forward to the Holidays. It is a time of rest, reflection relaxation, socialization and a time to contemplate all that is good about life. For substance abusers however, the Holiday season is a time of stress, strain, tension and distress, as the holidays present a real danger - the Holiday triggers.

As best-selling author Harriet Hunter wrote in a recent blog post titled "Alcohol and the Holidays", these triggers can happen at any time, but are especially strengthened during the Holiday season. They can include:

Family stress
Emotions, positive and negative
Life Changes
"Thinking" about drinking
"Thinking" about the 'good ole days.'
Expectations of ourselves and others
Physical and emotional complications made worse with stress
Anniversaries, death, job loss and successes

"There are a majority of us who would be content to just binge on the holidays." Hunter wrote. "The reasons are varied and many. For some, it's how we justify our drinking to justify that 'See? I'm not alcoholic, I only drink…on holidays, birthdays, weddings, funerals, football games' and so on…) Triggers DO affect us most often, by those who invented them: parents, family, people, places and other 'things.'

"Triggers, if we let them, have the power to make us feel momentarily insane: full of shame, guilt, deep regret, depression and more.

"A popular thought at the holidays for overindulgers is, " It's the holidays." Isn't that how we grew up? Many of us were stuck in our over-indulgent world of plenty. We justified everything to begin with, but during the holidays, we typically set ourselves up for even more of the same. More gifts, more food, more celebrating and more libations." After all, in honest reflection, this "right to drink" was the shield we used to not feel one or more of the triggers above.

The full article, which offers 9 powerful ways to get past these dreaded Holiday triggers, can be found at her website at

While there are many treatment approaches and programs, what is common to successful individuals who find themselves within a substance abuse program is the shared pain and the loneliness, oftentimes with an ongoing support system for the person battling the disease. That support system is what Harriet Hunter offers in "Miracles of Recovery: Daily Meditations of Hope, Courage and Faith." The book was a best seller in the Recovery By Adult Children of Alcoholics category.

Featuring 365-daily inspirations. Miracles of Recovery was written not just for those addicted, but for the parents, the spouses - anyone touched by the disease because addiction is absolutely a family affair. Using the foundation of 12-Step Recovery, Miracles of Recovery embraces holistic suggestions as a practical approach for those who must face life on life's terms, clean and sober. Encouraging and thought-provoking, Miracles of Recovery inspires with Universal Truths, "because," Harriet says, "Once we know better, we do better."

Miracles of Recovery is written to show through personal examples how to achieve long-term sobriety by embracing new behavior and positive reinforcement, regardless of what happens in one's life. She offers a personal, sometimes raw reflection of the truth about addiction seldom seen elsewhere.

Tools necessary to maintain sobriety and change one's life through changing one's perspective are also proposed. Miracles of Recovery suggests that readers "Do life differently," through exercises, solutions, and methods to improve self-esteem, confidence, and embrace a profound sense of hope needed to succeed. The author spurs the reader to embrace the belief that, regardless of challenges life presents, "NOTHING can change the course of recovery when you keep yourself, your sobriety, and your Higher Power first in your life." In short, Miracles of Recovery offers hope where there is none through a simple program of actions for complicated people.

Hunter has received rave reviews for her work from readers and reviewers alike. Vernita Taylor of Readers Favorite stated, "Miracles of Recovery: Daily Meditations of Hope, Courage, and Faith by Harriet Hunter is a great choice if you're struggling with addiction because it offers a full year of inspiration and affirmations which I enjoyed. I see this book as a mentor or sponsor that is walking by your side and helping to lead you to a better, more improved you while teaching you how to deal with your stressors. The best teacher is someone who has been there and done that, and this book doesn't disappoint. The author knows first-hand what it takes and how it feels to be addicted, and the journey to recovery. If you need help along your journey, pick up a copy of this book; it's highly recommended."

Anthony Capozzolli of Dismantled Life Podcast said, "Miracles of Recovery has been a feast for my recovering soul. Every page is filled with love and helpful insights that lead to discovery. I read each page by date and randomly turn to other pages for an additional spiritual hug when I need one. It's almost as if Harriet wrote her wonderful book for me. Page after page hits so close to home I often tear up from positive awareness and clarity of emotion."

Miracles of Recovery received the first place President's Award in nonfiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

Since her walk into recovery in 1999, Harriet has had one primary purpose: to show others how they can achieve their miracles while staying sober with a vision and determination to never go backwards, one day at a time.

Using her experience strength and hope, Harriet strives to be a conduit of encouragement to others in their disease of alcoholism and drugs of choice, by showing them what continues to work. With practical tools, principles and promises as found in A.A., and other 12-step programs, she mirrors examples of how anyone can be free from the bondage of self, regardless of their situation.

With each purchase of a personalized autograph copy of Miracles of Recovery from her website, Hunter provides a no-charge copy of her e-book, "Your Daily Reprieve; How To Maintain Long-Term Sobriety Serenely Just For Today" in PDF format.

Harriet Hunter has developed a six-module course for individuals who thrive on personal insight and emotional growth as they seek to connect the dots of their lives. Journaling with a Purpose! is a thought-provoking, sometimes intensive exercise for self-seekers who want more from lives. Its focus is both emotionally therapeutic and entertaining, as participants look inside themselves for resilient, positive changes to solutions and characteristics they expect more from. Harriet is never far away. She hosts web-based meetings, while delivering videos, offers no-charge gifts, handouts and many prompts that encourages and explains what the writer can expect with each module.

Details are available at her website at

About Harriet Hunter:

With over 21 years of sobriety, Harriet has worked with hundreds of women who suffer with alcoholism and drug addiction to help them find peace in active sobriety. She facilitates AA meetings for women incarcerated, and sponsors women both face-to-face and online. Readers can find her in the global recovery site,, where she's been given her own room and brings Miracles to life each Sunday at 2:00 P.M. EST.

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