Whether you are trying to stay sober or wanting to get sober during the holidays… this one is for you! For those in recovery, or trying to move toward a life in recovery; the holiday season can be especially stressful – but with a little help from a strong support circle and determination; what you can get for Christmas is sobriety.
Do You Have A Plan?
A sobriety plan is a road map for how you plan to stay sober. A sobriety plan looks ahead and plans steps for leaving alcohol and/or drugs behind, how to avoid relapse and what to do if it should happen. Think of a sobriety plan as the map to your final destination – it’s kind of hard to get there if you do not know the way!
Do You Need to Get Sober First?
For many, their Christmas wish may be to get sober and start the New Year in recovery. That is a great gift to yourself – as well as your loved ones! If you need to get sober first, you may need to start with detox to remove the chemical toxins from your body from drug and alcohol use. Once you have successfully completed detox, most find that following-up with a rehab program can help them learn how to rebuild their life. This sometimes means learning how to be a contributing member of society again such as finding housing, work and making new friends.
Work Your Program
If you are already sober and want to stay sober through Christmas and New Year, don’t forget to work your program. If you feel tempted or need a commitment boast, go to a meeting, call a friend who understands your struggle, see a movie, or volunteer. Find something to do that will get your mind off drugs and/or alcohol. Keep in mind that there are online recovery meetings such as at StepChat.com – so if getting to a meeting becomes an issue, just find one online.
Download the App
Believe it or not, there are actually phone apps now that can help you stay sober not just during the holidays, but throughout the other 364 days. Some apps such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Sober Apps offer tips, have meeting locations, even offer chat capabilities if you just need someone to talk to.
Find a New Party Crowd
If last holiday season was a drinking and drugging year, then you are going to need a new party crowd this year if you are going to stay sober. There are many “substance abuse free” events that you can attend and not be tempted. But if you find yourself at a party where there is alcohol served and you are too uncomfortable being around it – thank your host and make your good-byes. Better safe and sober than sorry later.
All Gallus Wants You To Get for Christmas is Sobriety
Remember that life in recovery is one day at a time and those days also include the holidays – but there is no reason for you to isolate yourself away from the cheer and celebrate on your own. With a little thoughtful planning, you can have your Christmas sobriety and celebrate too! Are you ready to get sober for the holidays? Gallus Detox Center can help you get started with IV therapy medical detox. Call us today at 888-228-9114 for a confidential consultation.