Overcoming an addiction can be difficult. However, many people find that staying sober is even more difficult. Many people are tempted to use substances during the holidays. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do in order to stay on course during your first sober holiday season.
Commit to Staying Sober Through the Holidays
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You’ve already made a commitment to stay sober, but dedicate some time to reinforcing that commitment to yourself during this time. Everything starts with the mind, and repetition and rewards will continue to program you to stay on a positive track. Make a promise to yourself to stay sober through the holidays, and think of a healthy reward for when you do.
Feel the Joy of the Season
The holiday season is something to be excited about. You don’t need to have substances to enjoy this time. Begin to think about all of the foods that you can enjoy, and how incredible it will feel to enjoy the celebrations without a hangover, side effects, pain, and regrets. If you think about all of the benefits of staying sober during the holidays, then it can be a lot easier for you to achieve it.
Stay Connected With Your Support System
One of the best things that you can do to keep yourself un-triggered is to have a strong support system. If you are tempted to use, turning to a support system can be a saving grace. Those who support and understand you best can also offer a safe place to celebrate if you opt to decline invitations to gatherings that don’t feel good for your recovery.
Get Your Sobriety Toolbox Together
Put together a list of things that help you keep your stress level under control. Stress is one of the most common triggers for turning back to substance abuse. There are many holistic helpers for stress, such as peppermint and lavender oil, soothing tea, or even a handwritten reminder. Create the perfect sobriety toolbox that offers you comfort and relief.
Have a Plan
The people around you may still enjoy substances during the holidays, or may trigger you in another way. That is why it is important for you to have a plan for dealing with this. If you are tempted, you can call your support system or plan to attend a local meeting. You can have your sponsor on speed-dial, memorize a breathing technique, or go to a friend’s house who is aware of your situation.
It isn’t easy to overcome an addiction, and can be difficult to have a sober holiday. Celebrate yourself and your sobriety by treating yourself around the holiday season. Eat your favorite foods, get a massage, or think of a few things that you consider exciting and rewarding. You can also make a gratitude list, and internally celebrate the amazing person you are.
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