The holiday season is a time to celebrate, and many people like to enjoy a few drinks to commemorate Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. This can make this time of year particularly challenging if you are in recovery and working on your sobriety. Follow these tips and tricks to help you get through the holidays while staying sober.
Let Your Family Know That You Are in Recovery
It is a good idea to tell your family members in advance that you are working hard to stay sober and would appreciate their support throughout the holidays. This way, they’ll know not to offer you drinks or pressure you into taking them. While some may slip up occasionally, your loved ones will undoubtedly support you on your journey to sobriety.
Have Some Trusted Friends to Call
It is a good idea to have a few phone numbers at the ready in case you are having a weak moment and need a bit of extra support. Your sponsor or another close friend can help talk you through any difficult times to help you stay on track. Make sure that this person will be available to talk when you need them most or at the very least be able to respond to text messages.
Feel Free to Take Refuge
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed during a family gathering, excuse yourself to visit the restroom, even if you don’t need to go. Then, you can take a moment to calm yourself down and remind yourself of your goals. Take a few deep breaths and tell yourself to stay strong before heading back out to the party. If the weather allows, you can also step outside for some fresh air to help clear your head.
Rely on Your Sobriety Tools
Rubbing your sobriety medallion in your pocket or reading a few passages from the AA Big Book can do wonders for reminding you of what you are trying to achieve. Be sure to have any items you need close at hand for when times get tough. At My 12 Step Store, we’ve got everything you need, so stock up well in advance of the holidays.