The holiday season may not be filled with joy & cheer for all, especially those in drug & alcohol addiction recovery, but here’s some tips to change that…
Wishing someone a happy holiday is so common, yet those mere words can trigger a host of emotions for someone who is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. It’s hard to relate to people who are not feeling the joy of the season, but unfortunately, the holidays are full of reminders of the past, mistakes, loss of loved ones and other not so happy times.
To make matters worse, it’s quite challenging to maintain sobriety for those in recovery from alcohol, drug or food addictions. With drinks and food abound, temptations are strong and difficult to ignore. Below are some tips that may help you manage your addiction recovery during the holiday season and beyond:
1. NO IS A COMPLETE ANSWER
When someone offers you a drink, just say no. Throughout the day, you may find the same person persists or many different people will ask you if you want a drink. They may joke with you, insist and ask you why not. Please remember that no is a complete answer and you don’t owe anyone an explanation. It’s as much your prerogative to not drink as it is for them to choose to drink.
2. YOU ARE NOT YOUR ADDICTION
You are a person with an addiction who is now in recovery. People may stare, ask you lots of questions, feel sorry for you, judge you and misspeak. None of that is your business. You can’t control other’s thoughts and opinions, but you can choose to not take any of it personally. You know you are in a different space now and are committed to your recovery. You know how hard it was to get to this point in time and believe in yourself enough to accept and not judge others while staying steadfast in your recovery.
3. CELEBRATE NOW
You deserve to celebrate this holiday season just like anyone else. You’ve come a long way, leaving your addiction behind and choosing a life of recovery. Enjoy your new healthier and sober lifestyle now, learning from your past rather than living in its memories. Choose to be around people who are supportive of your sobriety as you continue to grow and succeed in your recovery.
4. FILL YOUR GLASS
Just because you are not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean your glass can’t be full! There’s a whole gamut of refreshing beverages to choose from that are non-alcoholic. So, when someone asks you if you want a drink, your glass is already filled with a healthier choice for you and your sobriety.
5. CHEERS TO YOU
You did it and you are doing it. You turned your life around and continue to do so, one step at a time, one day at a time. Recovery is a lifelong process. Congratulations!
If you or your loved one is in need of help with drug or alcohol addiction and how to begin the recovery process, please reach out to Arizona Addiction Center 24/7 at 602.346.9130.
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