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How to Avoid Holiday Party Temptations

Posted 12-22-2017

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.

Tips for the 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:

  • Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Bring along an accountability partner or someone who is also in recovery.
  • If bringing a gift for the host, try an assortment of hot chocolate, tea, cider, and coffee mixes.
  • Try not to hang out at or near the bar.
  • Dance or be active during the party, this will help keep your mind occupied.
  • Rehearse what you are going to say if someone offers you a drink.
  • Drive yourself, so you can leave when you are ready to.

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.

  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Go ice-skating.
  • Drive through different neighborhoods you live near to see the Christmas lights.
  • Go to a museum or local attraction.
  • Take a holiday trip somewhere to explore a new town or city.
  • Plan your own holiday celebration.

‘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.