Holidays can be very stressful. Some people drink alcohol throughout the holiday season to cope with stress, loneliness, or depression. While many families get together during the holidays, many people do not have family members who live nearby or have a difficult time getting along with them. People also drink during the holidays to celebrate with family and friends. Holiday parties often have alcoholic drinks available, which can be challenging for someone in recovery. The risk of relapse increases during the holiday season. The temptation to have a toast with family or friends can be strong. By planning ahead, you will be prepared for difficult times during the holiday season.
Here are 5 tips to stay sober during the holidays:
- Bring a non-alcoholic drink with you. When you have a non-alcoholic drink readily available, you will not feel pressured to drink alcohol. If close family and friends know you have problems with alcohol, they should help encourage you to stay sober.
- Think about your sobriety. Going through treatment and readjusting to a new sober lifestyle is an enormous undertaking. When you are tempted, remind yourself of the difficult process in changing your addictive behavior.
- Tell others you do not want to drink alcohol. Tell family and friends about your history with alcohol and that you do not want to relapse. By doing this, family and friends will be more understanding of why you are not drinking alcohol, and will be less likely to offer you any.
- Talk to another sober person. Call someone who is sober and understands what you are going through. He or she can talk to you and encourage you to stay sober. Find sober people in group meetings who can be a good source of support when you are in a situation that can compromise your sobriety.
- Avoid toxic people. Stay away from people who trigger you. Toxic people can cause stress, anxiety, rage, or anger. These feelings could direct you to a relapse, so avoid these people.
The holidays do not have to be clouded with alcohol and will be more enjoyable while you are sober. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or addiction, get help right away. Do not be afraid to ask for help and do not wait.
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