For recovering alcoholics, the holiday season can be an especially difficult. With Christmas and New Years parties, alcohol is likely to be easily and cheaply available. Although the increased temptation does make it more difficult to avoid a relapse, it is not impossible. There are several things you can do to prepare for and stay sober during the holiday season. Here are our top tips.
Don’t forget what’s made you successful
Regardless of what your plans are for this holiday season, don’t forget what’s made you successful thus far. If you are attending a support group like A.A. – continue to attend. Don’t skip out because of the busy holiday season.
Stay away from old habits
This is especially important – stay away from old friends, events and places that contributed to your alcoholism. Whether this is your first holiday season since your alcohol detox program or your 20th, don’t fall back into old, unhealthy habits. Instead, create new, stronger traditions with supportive friends and family to replace your past destructive patterns.
Ask for support
You have loving friends and family all around you. Pick a few who know about your struggle with alcoholism who can support you through the holiday season. If you are going to a New Year’s or other holiday party where alcohol will be present, make sure you have someone there who can hold you accountable and give you the support you need to make it through with your sobriety intact.
Plan your events carefully
It’s very difficult to completely avoid alcohol during the holidays, but you should do your best to do just that. Instead, make plans to spend most of your time with supportive friends and family. If you do attend an event with alcohol, make sure you have a plan, someone to hold you accountable, and an exit strategy.
Even though the weather is cold, continued exercise is important not only to the health of your body, but also to your recovery. Exercise releases endorphins, which help you feel happy and fight off depression.
This goes hand-in-hand with avoiding previous habits and creating new, healthier traditions. What better way to take your mind off the stress of the holiday than to volunteer your time at a local charity.
Watch out for common triggers
In order to have a successful recovery, you need to not only know what your triggers are, but be able to recognize and counteract them. Your individual triggers may vary, but some that apply to almost anyone are:
These triggers are especially prevalent around the holiday season, so be on your toes. If you’re hungry – eat something. If you’re tired – sleep. It will go a long ways to helping you stay sober during the holidays. Gallus Detox is a medical detox facility specializing in helping those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. Contact us online for more information or give us a call at 855-338-6929.