The holiday season is probably the best time of the year where we spend some quality time with our close ones, have good food and make everlasting memories. But along with the holiday joy, also comes stress of planning everything out. Some are able to cope up with the stress while some take support of addictive substances, especially those who have been using them for a while now. Therefore, here are some tips that would help you stay sober during the holidays and enjoy with your close ones.
Triggers During Holidays
The holiday season brings in party events, family gatherings and also stress at times. People already addicted to drugs or alcohol can experience any of these triggers and begin their consumption again:
- Stressful environment
- Meeting other people with addiction
- Withdrawal symptoms due to the ongoing detox
- Experiencing intense emotions
- Pressure of work post holidays
- Being hungry, angry, lonely and tired or HALT
- Sense of isolation at times
These are some of the triggers which you can look out for to avoid consuming more drugs or alcohol during the overwhelming holiday season.
Ways To Cope The Urge
There could be several events happening around you during this time which could tempt you to engage yourself into addiction again. The best way to save yourselves from consuming addictive substances during the holiday season is to grasp on a few coping methods. Few coping methods are listed below to help you out.
- Plan ahead
- Be your own driver
- Keep support on standby
- Be with sober friends
- Prioritize yourself
- Try to say “no”
- Stay positive
- Give back
- Attend meetings
Taylor Recovery center is always there to help you in such difficult situations. There are support groups always available to guide you through the triggers. Reach out to us anytime to get all the help you need.