The holidays are upon us and your schedule is filled with parties and “get togethers” with friends, family and colleagues. Although you may be reluctant to participate in the festivities and isolate yourself for fear of a relapse – it is possible to join the fun and survive the holidays without a relapse!
Take Along Support
If you are attending a party where alcohol is likely to be served, make your “plus one” a supportive friend or family member who will help you resist the urge to drink. The people who have been with you throughout your recovery are going to be a good support circle for you because they understand your addiction. You’ve worked really hard and come a long way in your recovery and to stop now would be a set-back. So don’t be sidelined by making excuses that it is okay to indulge “just once” and be wary of anyone else who encourages you to do the same.
If you find that resisting becomes difficult throughout the night, then you should consider thanking your host and making your exit. Most drug addiction counselors advise that if you have been invited to an event where drugs may be present, it is probably in your best interest to skip that event.
Don’t Neglect Your Support Group
The holidays can be the most difficult time of the year for people in recovery. This is the time for you to increase attendance in your support group and consider going to a few extra meetings. If you find yourself feeling tempted, call your sponsor. Individuals in recovery understand what is it like to be tempted and work hard to resist the urge to drink or do drugs. In fact, the people who stuck by you while you were getting sober want you to be successful in sobriety and are not likely to encourage behavior that will cause you to relapse.
Get Out of Town
If all else fails and you don’t think that you will be able to make it through the holidays in a party atmosphere, you could consider a mini retreat during the holidays. Make plans to include a supportive friend or two and create your own sober holiday event.
New Year – New Start
While celebrating the holidays might sound like a good enough excuse to break your commitment to leading a sober lifestyle, it is important to remember that January 1st is just a day like any other. If however you find that the holidays were more than you expected and a relapse occurred, it is also the day for you to begin again. It may be necessary for you to go to detox and/or rehab to get back to recovery. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from drugs and alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.