Every holiday represents a time of parties, stress and risk for those in recovery.
Past Holiday Triggers
Holidays in general can be difficult for people in recovery. Holidays may bring feelings of loneliness and disappointments due to unmet expectations and harmful memories.
How do recovering addicts and alcoholics get to celebrate the holidays and get through this wonderful spring holidays without compromising their recovery and sobriety?
New Holiday Traditions
Here are 5 new traditions to include in your holiday celebrations. They can bridge the gap between traditional holidays with loved ones and your new life of sobriety:
- Prepare ahead of time – Prepare a recovery kit before joining your family’s festivities. Have your sponsor on speed dial and alert him or her that you might be calling for help during a family gathering. Have your reading materials easily accessed and have a meeting online on your tablet ready to login.
- Travelers – If you are traveling, map out a meeting in your travel destination areas. A meeting will allow you to escape situations and the old dynamic you feel stuck in again. Just tell them I’m going to a meeting and will be back later.
- Arrive early leave early – Most often, alcohol use at any dinner becomes more prevalent as the dinner wears on. Keep the focus on yourself and do not worry that by leaving early you will offend the host.
- BYOB – Bring your own beverage. You will now have control over what you drink.
- Plan B– Always have a plan B. If you feel uncomfortable, or feel the pressure to drink, ask a friend to text you and excuse yourself from the gathering. It is not your family or friends’ responsibility to keep you sober. The responsibility lies on your shoulders.
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