With colorful lights adorning rooftops and the smell of evergreen and cinnamon wafting through the grocery aisles, Christmas can be an exciting time of reminiscence and celebration. But for others, Christmas can arrive like a pinnacle of heartache and stress. You might not have enough money for gifts or you might be alone. While in the past, you might have sought out intoxication to deal with the emotional burden, but now that you’re in recovery, how do you deal with a sober Christmas?
There is plenty of data that seeks to explain the relation between addiction relapse and the holidays, but numbers and charts fail to express the heart. Holidays are wrapped in memory. They take us back to our childhoods. They encourage us to compare our life to another’s. Every single song seems to be a love song. A combination of events that can feel akin to drowning.
How to Have a Sober Christmas
Knowing how to have a sober Christmas goes beyond just staying clean, it’s about realigning oneself with the heart and practicing emotional awareness and protection. When left unchecked, emotional unrest can lead us down a road to relapse.
Know Before You Go
Before whisking off to a party or a night on the town, take stock. Who’s going? What’s the real purpose of the event? Is it really about the ugly sweater or will there be a huge barrel of jungle juice being served? Even if you feel completely secure in your sobriety, do you really think spending a night with a bunch of people getting wasted is going to be fun? Be honest with yourself.
Have a Plan for Emotional Scenarios
Holidays are stressful for more than just those of us in recovery, especially when family gets together. With emotions amplified, old wounds can be reopened out of nowhere. One of the ways to protect yourself from getting pulled into emotional turmoil is to have an escape plan. If someone brings up something you know is going to turn into a fight, kindly excuse yourself and leave. This may seem rude, but it is not. This is an act of self-preservation.
Ground Yourself in Your Support System
Are you sticking to your recovery plan? Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to miss meetings or fall out of touch with your sponsor. Use the holidays as a way to remind yourself why you got sober in the first place.
If you do slip up, or if you are struggling with addiction now, why not take the time today to get well?
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Alcohol use disorder is a serious disease that is devastating American families nationwide. Give yourself and loved ones the best gift of all, by committing to a sober Christmas and a sober new year. To find out more about alcohol addiction treatment at First Step Center, don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Call us now at 866.832.6398.