Many people feel excitement and anticipation for the upcoming holiday season. But, do you find that you are dreading the holiday activities because you are worried about maintaining your sobriety? Just because it is a time to celebrate and have fun with the people that you love, it doesn’t mean that you need to fall back into the trap of addiction again.
Drinking or drug use doesn’t need to be a part of your holiday celebrations. Here are a few easy steps that will help you maintain sobriety during this time of year:
- Start New Traditions: Create new traditions that can be shared with family and friends. For example, instead of toasting with champagne, find a new alcohol-free spiced apple cider recipe that can be shared.
- Spend Time with Friends Who Don’t Drink: It can be hard to avoid the temptation if your friends will be hitting the bar to watch the big game on Thanksgiving Day. Instead, reach out to people that you know who won’t be spending their time with a drink in hand.
- Host a Party: Do you have a hard time finding a holiday party without alcohol? Host the party in your home so that you can choose the activities. You might be surprised to see how many of your friends and family want to participate in holiday activities that don’t involve alcohol.
- Focus on Self Care: Most recovering alcoholics find it difficult to say no when they are rundown or tired. Be careful so that you don’t run yourself ragged with all of the shopping, family activities, work, school, and more. Getting 8 hours of sleep and maintaining a healthy diet can create the foundation to help you avoid temptation when it is presented.
- Take a Vacation: Will it be too hard to stay in a familiar place with friends and family who will be partying through the holiday season? Take a break and head somewhere else. Pack up the car or jump on a plane to enjoy nature and get away from the commercialism and stress associated with the holiday celebrations.
The most important thing that you can do is have a plan in place so that you don’t slip-up with your sobriety. If you need help, then talk to our caring team that offers the best alcohol recovery in Temecula. Call The Center for Life Change: (951) 775-4000