The holidays are an amazing time of the year; most people have a week or more off work, the food is amazing, and, above all, you get to spend time with the people you care about the most. However, while your loved ones are supportive of your road to sobriety, they’re not likely to follow in your footsteps. They’re allowed to drink, but it may be hard to be around that kind of exposure while you’re recovering. However, if you follow these tips, you’re guaranteed to stay on track during the holiday season.
1. Create new traditions
A lot of holiday traditions involve drinking. Try spicing up your holidays by suggested a switch-up in traditions. Sober living doesn’t have to be boring. Change is good anyway!
2. Keep yourself busy
Without much work to do, the holidays involve a lot of down time and down time means desperation for plans, even going to the bar when you know you don’t need to. So, try to have something planned for just about every minute of every day of the holidays.
3. Avoid places you know you’ll be tempted
If you job throws a notorious holiday party, maybe find other plans for that night.
4. Keep yourself motivated
Remind yourself every morning how good it feels to not be hungover. Write yourself little notes to keep your self-esteem up. When you feel down, you’re more likely to give in.
5. Avoid stress
The holidays are supposed to be relaxing but stress, like most other negative feelings, can lead to drinking. If you know a particular old friend or family member drives you up a wall, limit your contact with them.
6. Be a host!
If you’re hosting the celebration, you’re (mostly) in charge of what people are eating and drinking. If you don’t want your company drinking, simply don’t buy alcohol. Temptation eliminated.
7. Be honest with people
If you end up somewhere with alcohol and you’re feeling like you might give in, don’t hesitate to tell those around you about your recovery. Addiction recovery can be difficult but your friends and loved ones will be understanding.