With alcohol being a common part of holiday celebrations it can be a very challenging and stressful time of the year for anyone struggling in their recovery. Although it's always best to avoid situations where alcohol may available, during the holidays that's not always possible. In order to remain strong in your recovery and avoid temptations, it's a good idea to plan for social situations ahead of time if possible.
Below are a few tips that will help you stay focused on your ongoing recovery and avoid a possible setback during the holidays especially if you're already struggling.
During the holidays relying on family, loved ones and friends that support you in your recovery will be extremely helpful. If at all possible, always attend social gatherings that can't be avoided with someone that will help you maintain your sobriety while you're there.
If it's a social situation where your support is unable to be with you, drive yourself, don't stay long and make sure you have their number so you can contact them if you find yourself getting tempted and are unable to leave. To be on the safe side, you may want to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage with you.
If you're attending a 12 Step program like Alcoholics Anonymous, talk with your sponsor about the upcoming holidays for additional help and support. Also attending support meetings as often as possible during the holidays will help you stay strong and positive about your recovery and ready for situations you're unable to avoid.
If you've never attended a 12 Step meeting and you're wanting to strengthen your recovery throughout the holidays, attending an Alcoholics Anonymous group meeting will help you remain focused and positive about your recovery during this festive time of the year.
Obtaining help from a professional addiction counselor during the holidays can also be very beneficial especially if you're struggling in your recovery. They will give you wonderful tips and advice on handling social situations and gatherings where alcohol is going to be available so you can avoid a potential setback.
During the holidays life can be hectic because we're so busy, make a conscious effort to stay focused on your recovery every day and avoid situations and triggers that may challenge your sobriety whenever you can.
To stay strong in your continued sobriety, prepare for the upcoming holidays in advance and surround yourself with the people in your life that truly want to see you succeed and achieve long lasting recovery.
Remember to always keep phone numbers of those who support you in your recovery with you at all times just in case you're faced with a challenging situation and need their encouragement and moral support. Remind yourself every day just how far you've come in your sobriety and seek additional help during the holiday season if life becomes too hectic and you're struggling to remain sober.