The holidays are stressful and adding an addiction to the mix can make these times even more challenging. But, if you are in recovery then this time of year can be very joyful. You will no longer have to depend on a drink or drug to get you through the holidays. More importantly, you will remember this time of year and create wonderful memories.
Holidays are not always easy for someone in recovery. The temptation to drink or drug can be at the forefront of someone’s mind especially when others are celebrating. The key to getting through this period, without using, is to always have a plan. One great idea is to attend a twelve-step meeting or other support group. Working at an Addiction Rehab Facility allows me to convey this message to clients. But there are countless numbers of people who just don’t get this message. If a person in recovery plans their day around a meeting then they will increase their chances of remaining sober one more day. Enlisting the help of a friend or sponsor will also help you be successful.
The Key to Getting Through the Holidays is to Have a Plan!
Being alone is the worst idea for an addict. Many times, an addiction has damaged relationships with family and friends. In early recovery, these fences might not be mended yet and the addict may not be welcomed during the holidays. One can easily have pity on themselves and before they know it they are back to drinking and drugging. So, it is important to build a recovery support network and utilize this network during such potentially challenging times. One great thing about 12-step programs during the holidays is that they often have meetings 24 hours a day, serving food, coffee, sodas, etc.
One recent article provides tips for those in recovery. There are several suggestions that just might help guide you through this time of season. It may not be easy to stay sober but it can be done! For people living in the recovery community it is just another day, another 24 hours of not drinking or drugging. If you can do this then you will build fond holiday memories!