How to Stay Sober During the Holidays, Part 1
For some people, the holidays are magical, filled with good times and good cheer. For others, this time of year can bring back stress and pain that may have led to drug addiction. The holidays can also mean a change in routine, with more parties, family time, and other social situations that are difficult for those in addiction recovery to navigate. You made a plan for your journey to sobriety, and you can do the same to make this season manageable. These ten tips may help you stay sober during the holidays.
Tip #1: Self-Care
Do not overdo it over the holidays. Instead, focus time each day to taking care of your needs and recharging your batteries. Meditation, journaling, yoga and other exercise…these are all good ways to slow down and think about yourself.
Tip #2: Be Your Own Advocate
If you find certain situations too much of a temptation, speak up. People who support your addiction recovery may be more understanding than your realize. You can and should tell others when events do not serve your best interests.
Tip #3: Be Realistic
By now, you know what situations led to your alcohol or drug addiction. While you have made positive changes in your life, the people who surround you, your friends and family, most likely have stayed the same. Do not expect them to understand what you are going through or to modify their behavior; just work on your own.
Tip #4: Make a Plan
What are you going to do when you are faced with temptation? How can you handle your cravings? Work out scenarios to avoid any pitfalls and write them down as a guide. You can go to it when you need a boost.
Tip #5: Daily Affirmations
Start each day with a reminder of why you are important enough to stay sober, and reflect on your strength and achievements. Do it every day; it’s a gift you give yourself.
Brighton Recovery wants you to continue your addiction recovery through the holidays and every day. Look for more tips on staying sober in our next blog to avoid a relapse into drug addiction.