The holidays can be challenging for anyone. With addiction in the mix, this season can be even more difficult.
For people in recovery from substance use disorder, watching celebrations and traditions from years past might be a trigger.
For families in recovery from the disease of addiction or codependency, there may be fear around allowing a recovering family member back into the home.
How can people on both sides of recovery make it through the season with their sanity and sobriety intact?
- Maintain your normal recovery rituals. Don’t let the stresses of the season put a dent in your normal schedule of 12 Step meetings, or your daily meditation. It’s imperative, now more than ever, that you keep yourself “spiritually fit.”
- Stay in constant contact with your recovery network. Your brothers and sisters in recovery are likely experiencing the same kinds of fears, doubts, and issues as you. Don’t hesitate to meet for a cup of coffee when you can, or even shoot off a text if you find yourself stewing during the family dinner.
- Don’t be afraid to be “selfish.” No matter what, put your recovery first. That might mean prioritizing a meeting over a family tradition, or leaving an event early when you feel you’ve had enough. Be prepared for blowback, but know that you need to take care of yourself first and foremost.
If you follow these tips, you can avoid a relapse — whether emotional or substance-related. And perhaps, you might even enjoy the holidays more than ever.
If you would like to experience the holiday season and the new year sober, contact us today.