Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the holiday season, crammed full with family gatherings and festive parties. For many in recovery, it is the time of the year when temptations are high and triggers are just about everywhere; however it does not have to ruin your ability to enjoy yourself. Don’t let the holidays sabotage your recovery! Enjoy the season and avoid relapse with these tips.
Choose Your Parties Carefully
A successful year in recovery means that you will likely be able to attend just about any function you wish without trouble, but how do you know if it is the right party for you? This is where you have to be really honest with yourself. Consider who is hosting the party and the invited guests. If it is the “old crowd” and you know that they would not be attending if drugs and alcohol were not there – then it is probably just an excuse to get high and you should probably pass on it. However, if you decide to go, consider taking along a supportive friend to encourage you to stay committed to sobriety, should you be swayed. Anyone who has been with you throughout your recovery will understand the struggles, the ups and downs and how hard you have worked to get and stay sober.
Have an Escape Plan
It is possible that you could find yourself in a situation where resisting becomes difficult. If that happens, it is a good idea to say thanks and get out of there. Make sure that you have your own transportation to and from the party. If you ride along with someone who is indulging in drugs and alcohol, you will be stuck and could possibly be persuaded to use as well. If you do not feel comfortable in your surroundings, you should leave. In fact, most addiction professionals advise against putting yourself at risk for relapse for one night of partying.
Don’t Be Afraid to Give an Honest Answer
Not everyone wants to broadcast the fact that they are in recovery; however don’t be afraid to give an honest answer about why you do not want to drink alcohol – or partake in any other substance use. If you feel you are being judged because of your decision not to engage in substance use, then you need to take a moment and decide if that is the right holiday party for you to attend.
Support Groups Don’t Break for the Holidays
Keep handy the contact information of your sponsor or support network. In fact, there is now a recovery support app available – so download the app! Everyone in recovery knows that the holiday season can be a stressful time, so if you need to talk, they will understand. Don’t forget that support groups don’t break for the holidays, and actually, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is usually when you need support the most! On January 2nd when you’ve made it through with your sobriety intact, you can pat yourself on the back and by next year be stronger than ever! Want to get sober for the holidays? Gallus Detox Center can help you make a fresh start that does not include alcohol and drug abuse. Call us today at 855-338-6929.