Holidays can be very stressful. People drink alcohol throughout the holiday season to cope with stress, loneliness, or depression. While many families get together during the holidays, some people do not have family members who live nearby. Sometimes people relate the holidays to a devastating event or death of a loved one.
Some people have a difficult time getting along with family. There might be hostility among certain family members. People drink during the holidays to celebrate with family and friends. Holiday parties often have alcoholic drinks available, which make staying sober more challenging.
For a recovering alcoholic, the holidays can be a very tempting time to drink. The risk of relapse increases during the holiday season. Family, friends, or coworkers might try to persuade you to have just one drink. That only leads to more and more.
Here are 5 tips to stay sober during the holidays:
Bring a non-alcoholic drink with you
When you have a non-alcoholic drink readily available, you will not feel pressured to drink alcohol. If close family and friends know you have problems with alcohol, they should not insist that you have any.
Think about your sobriety
Going through treatment and readjusting to a new sober lifestyle is an enormous undertaking. When you are tempted, remind yourself of the difficult process of changing your addictive behavior.
Tell others you do not want to drink alcohol
Tell family and friends about your history with alcohol and that you do not want to relapse. By doing this, family and friends will be more understanding of why you are not drinking alcohol, and they should not tempt you.
Talk to another sober person
Call someone who is sober and understands what you are going through. He or she can talk to you and encourage you to stay sober. Find sober people in group meetings who can be a good source of support when you are in a situation that can compromise your sobriety.
Avoid toxic people
Stay away from people who trigger you. Toxic people can cause stress, anxiety, rage, or anger. These feelings could direct you to a relapse, so avoid these people.
The holidays do not have to include alcohol. Remember the reason you celebrate the holidays and the 5 tips to stay sober.
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