The holidays are meant to be a time of joy spent with loved ones. The holidays, however, can sometimes be difficult for those in sobriety. This is particularly true for those of us in early sobriety.
Often times the holidays means alcohol and other substances, coupled with potentially uncomfortable situations with family members.
While the holidays can be intimidating to those in recovery, they do not need to be! The fact is, we deserve to enjoy them as much as anyone else. And luckily, those who came before us in recovery have devised several tips to not only staying sober during the holidays but actually enjoying them too!
Here is our survival guide for staying sober during the holidays.
Have your support group on standby
The holidays are the perfect example of why we need to have a strong support group. Having your sponsor or peers on standby to call when things get uncomfortable can often defuse the situation and get us back on track.
Plus, it will actually help our support group by giving them an opportunity to help us – this is the point of recovery!
The difficulty of the holidays is nothing new to those of us in recovery. Many recovery fellowships have marathon meetings during the holidays, where meetings are held all day and night.
These are excellent escapes for when situations with family may get uncomfortable.
Cannot make a marathon meeting? No problem. Both SMART recovery and twelve-step fellowships have 24/7 online meetings available to those who need them. This ensures that so long as we have an internet connection, we are always covered!
Another often-used tactic during the holidays is simply bringing another member of the program to the party. This can take away the discomfort of being the only person not drinking. This also acts as an insurance policy against having a slip in early recovery.
Always have an exit, and don’t be afraid to use it
It is important to always ensure you have an exit strategy if a party proves to be too much. Whether it be driving separately, or having a ride set up in case you need to leave. This is not a defeat, for any day that ends with us not drinking or using is certainly a victory.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.