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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Addiction Recovery Tips for Christmas

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With Christmas less than one week away, now is the perfect time to fine-tune a plan for keeping your addiction recovery strong. Holidays can bring a host of unwelcome emotions that must be dealt with in healthy ways to avoid unfortunate events. Those who discount prioritizing sobriety during the holidays are at significant risk of relapse.

The good news is that there are plenty of examples at one’s disposal for managing holiday difficulties. Each person in your support network has various lengths of recovery time, which means some people have made it to the other side of many holidays without drugs and alcohol. Such individuals can help by giving you tips for maintaining sobriety during Christmas. Relying on the wisdom of your peers can be of immeasurable help on the 25th.

Below you will find some guidance for keeping yourself on the right path during any major holiday. If something doesn’t apply to you, then just focus on what refers to your program.


Sobriety Tips for The Holidays

Expectations: We all have expectations of ourselves and others, but we must be sure that they are realistic. It is easy to expect that Christmas will be a certain way, but it is vital that each of us goes with the flow. Holidays in sobriety are likely to be vastly different than previous iterations. Lowering your expectations will help prevent upset.

Personal Limitations: All happens during the holiday season. Christmas work parties and family gatherings should always be approached with caution. In early recovery, being around alcohol can be especially risky; if you are planning to attend an event, please discuss it first with someone in your support network, i.e., sponsor, recovery coach, or a friend in sobriety. If it’s decided that attending a gathering is not in your best interest, there is no shame in not showing up. If your presence is required, then see if one of your peers can accompany you.

Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings: On every notable day of the year, e.g., Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Eve, meetings are held at the beginning of every hour. There are ample chances for attending meetings this Christmas; and, it is advisable to participate in several meetings on major holidays. If you have plans that may be stressful, going to a group before and after is an excellent practice. Men and women who have no scheduled engagements with family should make a point of spending time around your peers in recovery.

Being in the company of like-minded individuals will help you stay grounded and accountable.


A Safe and Sober Christmas

The Haven at Pismo would like to wish everyone in recovery a safe and sober holiday. We are confident that if you follow the direction of people with more time in the program, you will not jeopardize all your hard work. Utilize your tools for coping with difficult situations and your sobriety will remain intact.

Please contact us if you run into a problem over the holiday and require assistance getting back on track.