The holiday season may not seem so merry and bright when you’re in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s especially bad if this is your first holiday season as a newly sober person.
Between family commitments, shopping and other obligations, this can be a stressful season. On top of that, you probably have holiday party invitations piling up. It may seem like there will be triggers everywhere that may cause you to relapse. You don’t have to give up the joys of the season and turn into a Grinch to make it through. You just need to prepare yourself ahead of time. Once the new year rolls around, you’ll have achieved another goal in your sobriety and become stronger in your recovery.
Here are some tips to help you stay sober and sane, during the sometimes crazy and overwhelming holiday season. If you need holiday drug treatment in Wilmington NC, contact Legacy Freedom for more information.
Tips for Holiday Sobriety
● Be prepared. All good Boy Scouts know to be ready for whatever comes your way. The same applies to you as a recovering addict or alcoholic. Determine your game plan for navigating different scenarios. If you know shopping at the mall is going to stress you out and make you want to have a drink, do your shopping online. If there is a particularly wild Christmas party that you attend every year, maybe you should skip it this time, especially if you know you’re going to be around old friends with bad habits.
● Have a response. When attending parties for work or family events where they’ll be moderate drinking, have a response ready if someone offers you a glass of wine. You can also keep a cup of nonalcoholic beverage in your hand so you can say that you don’t need a drink because you already have one. They don’t have to know what kind of drink it is. If you're attending alone, consider bringing another sober friend for support.
● Have a relapse plan in place. If you avoid triggers and certain events, but you still find something that overwhelms you to the point where you really want to get high or drink, have other options in place. Ask your mentor or a support group member to be “on call” if you need to talk or meet. Plan to meet with your support group or therapist more during the holidays. Ask trusted friends and family to give you a little extra support during this time.
● Focus on what matters. Remind yourself why you’re in recovery and that you don’t want to ruin the progress you’ve made because of a few weeks at the end of the year. Remember that the holidays are about being thankful for what you have and the people around you, it’s not about presents or parties.
Keeping a positive perspective about the upcoming holidays can help you navigate the season and come out a stronger person, more determined to stay sober no matter what life throws at you.
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