How to get through the holidays when you’re recovering from addiction
Dealing with the holidays and being sober did not come easily to me. I really enjoyed going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve events when I was drinking, because it helped me come out of my shell. Knowing I no longer could do that with alcohol by my side was a little frightening. I reached out to sober friends and family during these times because I knew if I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t leave the party sober.
Staying sober through the holiday season can be a struggle and a challenge for many. Here are some suggestions I find to be helpful:
- Stay around sober people, because often the company we keep influences our behaviors.
- Be sure to check in with a friend or family member throughout the night, because having the accountability is helpful.
- If you know people will offer you a drink, prepare yourself to refuse it--both mentally and verbally. Keep your nonalcoholic beverage full and in your hand. If you have a drink, you won’t be asked if you’d like a drink.
- If you are feeling uncomfortable where you are, then leave, meet up with a sober friend, go to a meeting or go to bed. Those who came with you will understand, if they truly care about you and your well-being.
- Have an exit strategy. Driving your own car gives you another reason to avoid alcohol, and bringing your own car gives you the freedom to leave as you please.
Be sure to have a plan set in place before you head out for the holidays. Following the suggestions above will be helpful in having a fun and successful sober holiday.