How to Stay Sober During the Holidays, Part 2
Addiction treatment is a major commitment for you, and you should prepare for challenges to your addiction recovery over the holidays. These additional tips may help you deal with social gatherings or family time where alcohol and stress may be on the menu.
Tip #5: New Traditions
Does holiday time mean sitting around? If your thoughts drift to drugs and alcohol to counteract boredom or uncomfortable conversations, plan activities with friends and family to stay busy. Go to the movies, a park, ice skating…anything to prevent old habits.
Tip #6: Bring Your Own Beverage
Avoiding temptations can be a challenge when you do not control what is served. Be proactive by bringing your own festive beverages with you. Sparkling cider or flavorful hot drinks can give you holiday cheer while you are in addiction recovery.
Tip #7: H.A.L.T.
You probably learned to assess your physical needs when you were in an addiction treatment center. Continue this process to keep you on the right track by H.A.L.T.ing, which stands for:
Any or all of these sensations can trigger cravings and possibly lead to a relapse if ignored. Make sure you H.A.L.T before you act.
Tip #8: Set Limits
Just because you have been invited to all sorts of events does not mean you have to attend. If spending too much time with friends or family causes you stress, you can say no. It might not make everyone else happy, but if it serves your addiction recovery, you should stand up for yourself.
Tip #9: Be a Model
In the addiction treatment center, you found support through your peers. Supporting other people who may be struggling with drugs and alcohol is a great way to share your knowledge and your experience.
Tip #10: Give Thanks
Be thankful for your addiction treatment. Find gratitude in the support of others. Appreciate your accomplishments. Every day is a gift, another opportunity to live your life to the fullest, free from addiction.
You are not alone. Brighton Recovery is an addiction treatment center that can help you stay sober through the holidays. Please contact us for more information.