If you are new to recovery, the holidays can be an incredibly difficult time. Emotional triggers are everywhere: family conflict, financial stress, social events, painful memories of holidays past, and, of course, your weekly routine going wildly off-course. Thinking about the holidays can create stress, anxiety, and isolation.
However, you can build resistance to these triggers by putting together a game plan and creating a support network that can keep you motivated. Remember, this is your opportunity to start making positive memories that you will look back on with pride. One holiday without alcohol or drugs can mean a lifetime of building strong relationships with family and friends. If you need assistance maintaining your sobriety this holiday season, please reach out to The Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614.
6 Ways to Enjoy Sober Holidays
1. Stay in Control
Triggers typically come out of nowhere. However, they are more likely to show up in situations that you did not plan. Therefore, create a mindset of staying in control of your life. Determine where you will go and whom you will spend time with during this season. Stay away from possible temptations and learn to say no to invites. If you do end up at a social gathering, make sure you drive. This action gives you a quick exit if you show up and everyone is drinking alcohol.
2. Create a Support Network
One of the benefits of completing a group therapy program is that you can access an extensive support network with people who are genuinely interested in your recovery. Your support network may include:
- Support group
- A treatment specialist
- Alumni program
- Supportive family & friends
- A mentor or accountability partner
Create a contact list of people that you can call if you are feeling tempted to relapse. Speak with these people in advance and make sure they are available. Having a support network can help you overcome your temptations.
3. Go to Your Support Group Meetings
Are you traveling during the holidays? Find a local support group close to your destination so that when you arrive, you can still go to your meetings. Taking a break during the holidays does not mean that you must disconnect from your support. Try to take a few minutes out each day and go to a meeting. Remember that many support groups still meet on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s. If you don’t know where to look for a support group, talk to your therapist at your addiction treatment program.
4. Reduce Your Stress
Another way to enjoy sober holidays is to reduce your stress. Cut down on your social activities, say no to organizing events, and minimize contact with people who trigger your emotions. Take some personal time to reflect and meditate. If you participated in a yoga therapy program, then practice your yoga and mindfulness exercises. Reducing your stress can keep your triggers from creeping in.
5. Volunteer in the Community
No matter your location, a church, charity, or community organization is organizing a charity event this holiday. If so, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and volunteer. Helping others is therapeutic and gets your mind off your problems. You may want to check out a local substance abuse treatment center to find out if you can volunteer and help others on the path to recovery.
6. Find Some Fun Sober Activities
It is possible to celebrate sober holidays without drinking or taking drugs. There are endless activities that you can find in or out of town. Look online to find out what community activities are coming up. Take a day trip with friends or family. Find something you can do to make the holidays special.
The Willows at Red Oak Recovery Offers Addiction Treatment
Are you struggling with addiction this holiday? The Willows at Red Oak Recovery can help you overcome your addiction or manage the symptoms of your mental health issues. Our addiction treatment program has what you need to help you achieve your recovery goals. We offer a range of treatment options, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Yoga therapy
Contact The Willows at Red Oak Recovery to get started with your treatment program. Let us help you enjoy sober holidays.