Everyone’s emotions and expectations are different over the holidays. It may offer happiness, relaxation, or euphoria to some people. Anxiety, tension, and fear are common experiences for others. The holidays might then be full of mixed emotions for someone who is sober (or attempting to stay sober). The holidays can be a true test of sobriety for those who are new to it.Being newly sober over the holidays—days, weeks, months, etc.—can cause a variety of fears and concerns. “How can I stay sober through the holidays?” is one of the most common questions that someone new to sobriety will ask as the holidays approach. The following are measures that can help you maintain sobriety during the holidays
1. Prioritize your addiction recovery.
Putting your addiction recovery first is not been self-centered. You’ll be putting your recovery first by making a plan and sticking to it. You must treat recovery as such if you want to be successful in your daily life. So be it if this means skipping some events or avoiding circumstances that may trigger you. You are responsible for maintaining your sobriety.
2. Prepare to talk about your sobriety when the time comes.
If you’re going to a Christmas party with alcohol, you’ll almost certainly be given a drink or questioned why you’re not drinking. These are uncomfortable situations, but depending on how comfortable you are talking about your sobriety, there are a few straightforward methods to deal with them.It’s acceptable to provide an excuse like “I’m the designated driver” or “I have to get up early.” You can, however, be forthright and tell others, particularly family and close friends, that you quit drinking. You may receive some misunderstandings at first, but keep in mind that you are not required to justify your sobriety to anyone. Regardless of which path you take, having a plan in place for what to answer if asked about your sobriety might be beneficial.
3. Plan beforehand.
Whether it’s your first year clean or your 30th, this step is vital. You don’t want to be caught off guard, so it’s crucial to prepare yourself for triggering events and know what to do if they arise. It may include:
- Having a list of non-alcoholic holiday beverages, you can order
- Knowing how to turn down a drink
- Knowing what to say when someone won’t let no be no
The most important of these is an escape plan. Don’t be afraid to use your escape technique, and always have one. It is your right to leave if you feel disturbed or enticed by the prospect of being around alcohol or drugs this holiday season. Plan to call another sober friend, attend a meeting, exercise, or meditate when things get tough.
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Don’t drink during the holidays – they’re a time to spend quality time with family and spread cheer to others. Protect your sobriety during this time.
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