Celebrating with Loved Ones in Recovery
For many facing addictions, the holiday season can be a rough time. However, the experts at Tranquil Shores are here to share some tips to help you to remember the reason for the season in recovery.
Why Relapse Rates Spike During the Holidays
Along with being a time for togetherness and joy, the holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year. Many people tend to overextend themselves socially and financially to ensure the holidays are successful, but this can be triggering for many who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
There is also a large emphasis on party culture around the holidays with plenty of social gatherings and festivities. Spending time with others who participate in binge drinking and drug use can leave recovering addicts feeling left out and may tempt them to use again.
Tips for Coping This Time of Year
While the triggers mentioned above can make navigating the holidays while sober seem like a daunting task, there are plenty of ways to support your decision. Here are some healthy coping mechanisms to help you get through the holidays while keeping your spirits bright:
- Continue your routine therapy sessions and support group meetings.
- Attend social events with a support buddy to keep you accountable.
- Know that it’s okay to say “no” to attending certain social events.
- Schedule seasonal activities that don’t involve partying.
- Focus on what you’re grateful for.
- Spend time with loved ones who support your decision to be sober.
- Lean on your support system.
Seeking Help at Tranquil Shores
Whether you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, Tranquil Shores can help you every step of the way toward wellness and recovery. Our experienced clinical team of addiction experts is dedicated to providing unique and personalized therapy to those looking for help with substance use disorders in Florida.