The holiday season can present some serious challenges for recovering addicts,
especially since this time of year is heavily focused on celebrations,
parties, and social gatherings that might even trigger past memories of
indulgence in drugs and alcohol. Given that the holidays are often stressful
for most, regardless if they battled with addiction or not, it is no surprise
that the stressors these months tend to make recovering addicts feel as
though the universe is testing the sobriety they worked so hard for.
However, there are many ways to reduce the risk of relapsing, so you can
stay sober this holiday season.
Below is a list of some tips that will help you navigate the coming months:
Be prepared: It can be hard to turn down a drink, so instead of stressing over what
to say or giving into temptation, have a few responses ready in the event
someone offers you a drink. If you feel it is best to turn down a party
altogether, have a response ready for that as well. That said, if you
find yourself fumbling for words when asked if you would like a drink,
always remember that you do not owe anyone an explanation. You can simply
say, “No thank you,” and ask for a non-alcoholic beverage instead.
Remind yourself why staying sober is important: You decided to recover from your addiction for a reason or, in all likelihood,
for many reasons. If you feel like your dedication is wavering in the
midst of all these parties and gatherings, take a moment to think about
why you decided to enter recovery, write down your reasons, and carry
it with you. You could also write a letter to yourself from the future,
stating how you made it through the holiday season sober. These letters
can play an important part in reminding you why sobriety is so critical
during times of vulnerability.
Choose your holiday parties wisely: You are not under any sort of obligation to attend every holiday party
you are invited to. Of course, you cannot avoid every single party you
are invited to, particularly if it involves your family, but try to avoid
the gatherings where you know alcohol will flow more freely. If you do
end up choosing to attend a party where drugs and alcohol are present,
ask yourself if this it is actually an event where quality time is actually
being shared. If the answer is no, try to just steer clear. After all,
a party that will only last a matter of hours is not worth risking your
Plan an escape route: If you plan to attend an event where people are drinking, make sure you
can leave if you start feeling the urge to drink or use drugs. If possible,
as part of your escape plan, attend parties with a sober friend in order
to keep one another accountable. This will also make leaving the event easier.
Spend time with those who support your recovery: Your recovery is important to you and it is imperative, now more than
ever, to surround yourself with those who understand that and support
your recovery. Attend more sober events in your community and always keep
a list of at least 5 people whom you can call if you feel lonely, overwhelmed,
or simply need to talk to someone about staying sober. The people who
are worth keeping in your life will support you in your recovery rather
than make it harder on you.
Start some new traditions: In the process of fighting for and achieving your sobriety, you had to
break some old habits that were hindering your ability to live a happy
and healthy life. Take the time now to replace them with new traditions
that help facilitate your dedication to remaining sober. Host your own
sober party, go ice skating, make holiday crafts, or buy new games. The
potential for sober holiday fun is virtually endless.
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