During the holiday season, those in recovery may feel extra pressure to participate in drinking activities due to holiday celebrations. Between family gatherings, end-of-the-year office parties and New Years Eve celebrations, the temptations are endless. So how do those in recovery protect themselves? Here some ways you can stay on track during this holiday season.
If you are someone recovering from an alcohol use disorder and are planning to attend holiday parties in the next few weeks, get yourself in the right state of mind. Know that there is a chance that others around you will be drinking but you shouldn’t feel discouraged. While attending a party where alcohol is present you can:
Alcohol is not the only threat to recovery this time of year. There are added stressors of seeing family members, old friends, and fellow employees outside of the office. These types of situations may become triggers. Here some things that don’t involve alcohol you can do instead of attending holiday celebrations.
‘Tis the season for champagne toasts, but it doesn’t have to be. Know that you are not obligated to drink during the holidays, and most importantly that this time of year will pass. If you are struggling with an alcohol use disorder this season, visit one of our locations and let us help you stay on track this holiday.