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Recovery During the Holidays: Support from family members is key.

Recovery During the Holidays The holidays add a whole new level of stress to those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery will feel the challenge that comes with navigating a minefield of temptations that are part of the celebration of this time of year. The first year of recovery is the hardest. During the holiday season, one comes under the spell of abundant food and drink. Depression and anxiety may abound, and it’s important to have the support of family members if you’re in addiction recovery during the holidays. Abstaining from substance use during the holidays will be easier for your loved ones in recovery if you’re able to pay attention to their mental health. For that person, boundaries are especially important. This may affect family members, so all should be aware of and ready to honor the words, “no, thank you.” Provide options for loved ones in recovery during the holidays Supporting family members who are in recovery during the holidays might mean asking some questions beforehand, as well as becoming aware of some options you can offer. “Mocktails” can be great for those who appreciate them, or hot spiced cider, hot cocoa, iced or hot tea and… 

Sober Holiday Season: 6 Tips to Get Through it

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. 1. Commitment to a Sober Holiday 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. 2. Sober Holiday allow us to 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… 

Holiday Depression

Is It Normal to Experience Sadness During the Holiday Season or “Holiday Depression”? For many people across the world, the holiday season marks the most exciting time of the year, but this joy is not always universal. For many, the holidays can heighten feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and the well-known “Holiday Depression”. If you or a loved one falls into this category, you may be asking yourself whether it’s normal to feel sadness during the holiday season or whether something deeper is wrong. Holiday Blues “Holiday Depression” or “Holiday Blues” are both common terms. They describe feelings of sadness that hit from the middle of November until the first week of January. However, most mental health specialists do not recognize these terms. Instead, most professionals look at how this season can amplify underlying feelings of depression and anxiety. There is often an underlying trigger, and it is absolutely normal to experience sadness during the holidays. Celebrations and Family Celebrations with gifts and family are a source of joy for many. For others, the tradition of giving presents during this season can highlight financial difficulties. It can also amplify feelings of inadequacy and comparison. The focus on family can bring on…