You have worked hard all year to stay clean and sober. Now the holidays are here and the last thing you want to do is set yourself up for relapse. Many recovering addicts and alcoholics find it challenging to celebrate the holidays without substance abuse, but there is no reason for you to set the holidays out and spend them alone!
Be a Positive Example
Chances are that your family has been a great source of strength and encouragement during your recovery and they do not want to see you slip into old habits during the holidays. Keeping family gatherings and celebrations alcohol and drug free sets a positive example for everyone to follow.
If you are invited to a party where there is substance use, take a friend with you who will help you stay strong. If you become uncomfortable, let the host or hostess know that you are in recovery and cannot stay. You may find an opportunity to share your story and encourage someone else to quit their substance abuse.
Offer Support and Encouragement
If you know someone in recovery, the holidays are a great time to offer additional support and encouragement. From Thanksgiving through New Years’ many people struggling with drugs and alcohol relapse will avoid the parties and become reclusive.
Find a time to let them know that you are proud of their accomplishment and show that you support them by not allowing an environment in which they might stumble. Another idea to prevent them from spending the holidays alone and to create a positive environment is to take them for coffee, go to a movie or out to dinner.
Take Care of Yourself
The holidays increase the stress level for many persons in recovery. In fact, studies show that there is more stress during the season than at any other time of the year! So it is important that you take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, keeping a positive attitude, spend time in meditation and getting exercise.
If you feel the tug of relapse pulling you in a direction that you know is not healthy, plan to attend a few extra meetings, or meet with your sponsor more frequently. You will find that having someone to talk to can help ease the temptation of relapse. If you see a therapist, let them know how you are feeling…and if you don’t have a therapist, now might be a good time to seek the help of someone who specializes in addiction counseling.
Set New Traditions
If your holiday celebrations have always been centered on drugs and alcohol, now is the time to set new traditions! Host a party with non-alcoholic beverages and food. Make games and activities such as karaoke or charades the center of the party and not drinking and drugging. If you plan ahead you can participate in and enjoy the holidays and not sabotage your recovery!
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