After struggling with alcohol dependency for years, you’ve successfully completed rehab. Congratulations! When the holidays roll around, however, it can be tough for a recovering alcoholic. You may have party invitations and work functions where alcohol is freely served. How can you deal with the struggle of trying not to relapse?
How a Recovering Alcoholic Can Manage the Holidays
Alcohol is a big part of many celebrations, and this includes holiday festivities. It may seem like everyone around you is having a wonderful time. They’re drinking at Christmas parties and ringing in the new year with champagne.
Meanwhile, you’re wondering how you’ll get through the season. You don’t want to be a party pooper, but you’ve fought hard for your sobriety. As a recovering alcoholic, you can manage the struggle with these tips:
- Have a plan in place: Create a game plan, including all likely scenarios, before walking out the door. Plan what you’ll do if someone tries to push a drink in your hand or what you’ll drink when it’s time to toast. Take a non-drinking buddy with you so that you don’t feel alone.
- Have a drink: No, not an alcoholic one. Lots of people at parties just want to see everyone with a glass in their hand. They don’t have to know that yours contains sparkling non-alcoholic apple cider, soda, or plain cranberry juice. You’d be surprised how unconcerned other people are with what you’re drinking as long as you’re holding a cup.
- Relax: Many people with an alcohol addiction drink because they’re stressed and don’t know how else to handle it. Before you go to a party, do your best to relax, using techniques you learned in rehab. You might meditate, pray, or take a nature hike. Putting yourself into a peaceful state can help you avoid the temptation to drink.
No Such Thing as Moderation
Unfortunately, not everyone who’s close to a recovering alcoholic does their best to help her in her recovery efforts. They might say, “Hey, it’s just one drink!” or they may try to guilt you into drinking.
If you know you’re going to encounter a group like this, you may have to turn down the invitation altogether. Anyone who tries to make you feel bad for putting your sobriety and health first isn’t truly concerned for you. It takes courage to stand up for yourself, but you’re worth it.
Find Lasting Sobriety at Ashley Addiction Treatment
We’re a treatment center that’s ready to help you achieve long-term sobriety. Whether it’s drug or alcohol abuse you’re struggling with, Ashley Addiction Treatment can give you the support and encouragement you need to heal.
Our addiction treatment methods include:
- Alcohol detox program
- Drug detox program
- Family programs
- Group therapy program
- Relapse Program for individuals who have experienced a setback in their recovery
Our credentialed experts and caring staff will get you on your way to health and healing. Isn’t it time you overcame addiction and regained control of your life? You can take a step toward recovery by Ashley Addiction Treatment today at 866-313-6307.