The holiday is a warm and joyful season. There are lots of parties and events to attend. But because of these tempting gatherings, it can be overwhelming and stressful for someone practicing a sober lifestyle.
While the holiday season can be a challenge for recovering individuals, there are ways how you can enjoy the holiday season without worrying about relapse.
Here are twelve tips from Taylor Recovery on how you can enjoy your sober holiday.
- Plan various activities for friends and communities who are also practicing a sober lifestyle. Hosting a holiday party is also good.
- Volunteer to organizations that helps less fortunate people during the holiday season.
- Make sure that you are in contact with people who you can call for sober support. Keep a list so that when a situation became tempting, you can ask for their wise words and help.
- Look if someone in your area is hosting a party or gathering for people in recovery. If there is, attend.
- If you think a gathering or event can make you feel stressed, do not attend. A party that can make you relapse is not worth it.
- If you are attending a drinking party, make sure you bring your drink or other diversions that can save your sober lifestyle.
- Staying at a party is not a must, especially if it is stressful. You can always walk away.
- Identify a purpose, a hobby, a community, or a higher power that can make your willpower strong.
- Stop entertaining negative thoughts and negative self-talk.
- If you do not feel good about a party or event that you are supposed to attend, follow your instincts.
- Take advantage of the good times, and cherish the time spent with family and friends.
- Help others recovering individuals achieve a relaxing and comforting holiday.
Here at Taylor Recovery, we offer treatments and therapies for substance abuse and alcohol addiction. We aim to help those who are struggling with addiction to ensure that they’re on to a more sober lifestyle in the future.