The holidays can sometimes be difficult for those in sobriety, particularly those of us in early sobriety. Often times family gatherings means lots of alcohol and possibly other substances that can make sobriety difficult for anyone.
The good news? This is perfectly normal for anyone in recovery and gets much easier over time. In the meantime, however, there are several tricks to making the holidays easier for those of us in sobriety. Here is our top five.
1) Marathon Meetings
The difficulty the holidays can present to those of us in sobriety is not lost to members of recovery groups. Recovery clubhouses will often host all day long marathon meetings during holidays so members can have a place to retreat to any time they feel the need.
Food is often brought as well. These marathon meetings are typically announced well in advance during regular meetings each year.
2) Calling your support group
Calling a member of your support group and/or your sponsor often will help when the holidays get uncomfortable or cravings crop up. Simply talking to another person who understands what you are going through and has been there themselves is often enough to make the feelings disappear.
3) Bring along another member of the fellowship
When situations are particularly difficult, it is always a good idea to bring along another member of the fellowship as back up. While this may seem extreme, it never fails to make tough situations much more comfortable for someone in sobriety.
4) Always have a way out
When going into situations that may be difficult and even risky for someone in sobriety, it is crucial to always have a way out if necessary. This can be as simple as driving yourself over instead of carpooling, so that at any point you may leave if it is what is best for your sobriety.
5) Avoiding the situation entirely
The whole point of sobriety and the work we put in to achieve it is that we no longer have to walk on eggshells anymore when it comes to our alcoholism and/or addiction. With that said, however, sometimes if a situation is particularly bad for our sobriety, we are best just avoiding it entirely.
We usually find it best to consult our support group and/or sponsor to help us decide whether a situation is worth the risk or not.
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.