The holidays are a time to relax and celebrate with family and friends. However, that does not mean that you should forget to focus on your sobriety. It can also be very difficult if you have family members and/or friends who celebrate with alcohol or other substances like marijuana, opiates, cocaine, ecstasy, etc. If you have made serious life changes, the holidays can inspire feelings of depression, isolation, or even anxiety because everyone around you still partakes in a lifestyle that you no longer embrace. For those in recovery, read our tips for staying sober during the holidays.
- Take your Company into Account
You have a past and you should know which family members, friends, or parties you should skip. Take your intuition into account when accepting invitations for gatherings — you know which events are appropriate for you. You can also have your own party so you have control over what happens and who attends the gathering.
- Manage your Anxiety
If you are feeling anxious or worried about comprising your sobriety, ask a family member or a friend for some personal time. Connecting with friends or family is a great way to remind yourself why you have chosen to stay sober.
- Create New Memories
Create new traditions with your family and friends — it can be culinary or a fun activity. You can lead your loved ones to embrace a healthier lifestyle by demonstrating that a good time can still be had while remaining sober.
- Focus on your Recovery Goals
Make recovery goals and focus on carrying them out. Reach out to your sponsor and discuss anything that may be bothering you.
- Slow Down
Be grateful for your sober days and remember to take some time each day to work on yourself. Meditating for even a few a minutes can relieve stress and reduce the demands of the holiday occasion.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.