How do you stay sober during the holidays?
The holiday season is upon us and the addictions industry and recovery community are on guard to say the least. The Christmas season is a “touchy” period of time when you are trying to get clean and sober and when you are trying to stay clean and sober. There are a few ways in which the holiday season can influence us to relapse or continue using.
First, the holidays are a “party” atmosphere…plain and simple. Every where we turn, we are being invited to a party. We have holiday parties for work, holiday parties for family and public holiday gatherings. And at these parties come alcohol and drugs.
There are a few ways in which we can stay sober during the holidays. First, we can just flat out deny the invitation which removes us from a potentially dangerous situation and surrounding. Now, if we do want to attend these holiday parties then we can hire a sober companion to attend with us. This sober companion will accompany us to the function and keep us accountable to ourselves, to them, and to our sobriety. You absolutely can not go wrong with a sober companion. And last but not least, you can look for holiday parties that are sobriety based. Surround yourself with others who have the same goals as you do for the holiday season.
The other main reason that people relapse or continue drinking and doing drugs during the holiday season is due to loneliness. If someone new to sobriety has recently lost a loved one due to death or a fractured relationship, the holiday season can remind them of their lonely new situation. If someone is by themselves during the holiday season, in their mind their only choice to not feel the loneliness and pain would be to numb themselves with drugs and/or alcohol.
There are two ways to look at this issue. If you are the recovering addict who is lonely, try to surround yourself with others in recovery or with loved ones when possible. If you know a recovering addict suffering from loneliness, keep a close eye on them. Invite them to family functions or holiday parties. Don’t let them be alone during the holiday season. You can also call us, The Addictions Coach Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction 1-800-706-0318 if you are struggling to stay sober during the holiday season. Don’t hesitate to call if you are in need!