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Staying Sober During the Holidays

by on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

celebrating Christmas alone

For those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, the holidays can be an uncertain time that leads to anxiety surrounding maintaining sobriety. These feelings may be due to the holidays being associated with alcohol consumption as a celebratory measure. The pressure to drink is everywhere, but this doesn’t have to hinder your recovery. If you are concerned about your sobriety during the holiday season, there are various ways to keep you on the road to recovery.

Contact Your Sponsor

Remember that this is a busy time of year, so your sponsor may not be as available as they usually are. Even so, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact them should you need support and encouragement in your recovery. Tell them how you’re feeling and what you are concerned about. They are there to give you advice and tips for avoiding relapse and maintaining sobriety. They understand the difficulty of being around people drinking during the holidays, so they can provide you useful tips for staying sober. 

Be Prepared

If you are going to a party that you know will have alcohol present, ensure that you have a plan to help you with any cravings or urges. A great way to control a situation is to drive yourself so you can leave when necessary if you feel overwhelmed. Have relapse prevention strategies and coping methods to help, and always remember you can go when you want. 

Keep Your Hands Busy

When you get to the holiday party, have a non-alcoholic drink in your hands at all times. This way, you can keep your hands busy and distracted and not accept drinks from others that offer you one. Holding a drink in your hand is a great way to maintain sobriety at a party and not feel pressured to partake in drinking alcohol.

Have a Sober Buddy

If possible, bring along a sober buddy to have with you at the party. This person can hold you accountable and not drink with you, so you don’t feel left out. They can also talk to you when you feel overwhelmed or leave with you when you have had enough of the party. 

During the holidays, there can be a lot of pressure to drink. Drinking is often associated with celebrating during this time of year, which can be challenging for those recovering from addiction. Preparing yourself and having a plan before going to any parties can help keep you on track. Remember that you don’t owe an explanation to anyone concerning your sobriety, and you don’t have to accept drinks. You are allowed to say “no” and leave when you feel you should. Take the proper time to take care of yourself and remind yourself that your sobriety is your number one priority, even over celebrating. At Restorations Therapy, we are here to help you make it through these times. If you need more tips for staying sober during the holidays, contact us today at (720) 446-6585. We are here to help you have a stress-free holiday season!

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