Holiday Survival Tips for Those in Recovery
The holiday season can be difficult for those recovering from addiction. The stress and expectations of the season, combined with the abundance of social events and access to substances, can create triggers that make it harder to stay sober. Here are some common holiday triggers and suggestions for how to stay sober and avoid relapse:
- Loneliness and isolation: The holidays can be a time when loneliness and isolation are heightened, especially if you cannot be with loved ones or have lost someone dear to you. To combat these feelings, it’s important to reach out for support. Attend online meetings, call a sponsor or sober friend, or seek out social activities that do not involve alcohol or drug use.
- Financial strain: The holidays can be financially stressful, especially if you are struggling to make ends meet or have financial obligations you cannot fulfill. To cope with financial stress, try to set realistic goals and budget for the holiday season. Consider alternative gift ideas that don’t involve spending much money, such as homemade gifts or experiences.
- Family conflicts: The holidays can also bring up difficult emotions and conflicts with family members. If you have a strained relationship with certain family members or are dreading being around them, it’s important to have a plan in place for how to handle these situations. Consider reaching out to a therapist or trusted friend for support, and have a plan for how to remove yourself from situations that may be triggering.
- Party culture: The holiday season is often filled with social events and parties, which can be challenging for those in recovery. If you feel pressure to attend events where alcohol will be present, it’s important to remember that you have the right to say no. Consider suggesting alternative activities, such as walking or attending a sober event.
One action you can take to stay sober during the holidays is to attend an online meeting at Recovered Life. Online meetings provide a supportive and safe space to connect with others in recovery and work through any challenges you may face. They can also be a helpful resource for staying accountable and finding ways to cope with holiday triggers.
Overall, the holiday season can be a challenging time for those in recovery, but it’s important to remember that you have the strength and support to stay sober. Reach out for help when you need it, and take care of yourself by setting boundaries and finding healthy ways to cope with stress.