Protecting Sobriety, Avoiding Triggers, Preventing Relapse
Holiday Sobriety Tips for Successfully Managing Holiday Stress
Holidays can be successfully navigated.
- For the average person – holidays can create enormous stress and emotional upset.
- For the newly sober and those in recovery – holidays can create overwhelming emotional upset or even relapse.
- With planning and a determined resolve, holiday stress and upset can be greatly decreased.
- Just possibly – this year could be an enjoyable holiday.
- Or at least, not so upsetting. We look for progress, not perfection!
Holiday Myths and Expectations, Examined
It would be fair to say that many Americans experience a collective cultural ‘mythology’ during the month of December. Unrealistic thinking and beliefs can be an especially serious issue for individuals from dysfunctional family situations. It is important to know and understand potential stumbling blocks before encountering them.
Learn to recognize your holiday stress triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown.
Common Holiday Unrealistic Beliefs
Myth #1: Holidays are a time of joy – and everyone is happy.
Myth #2: Everyone can eat and drink as much alcohol as they want and never suffer ill effects.
Myth #3: I can attend family gatherings and see relatives that always upset me. But due to a ‘Christmas Miracle’ – there will be no ill feeling and all long-standing issues will be happily resolved.
Tips for Sober Holidays – Getting Real and Having Real Fun
Getting Real – and Happy – During the Holidays
Holidays can be stressful – but they are not destined to be depressing. It is vitally important to have a Plan.
Holiday Sobriety Planning Tips
- Make a firm and unshakeable resolve to remain Sober.
- Have Strategies and a Plan for Relapse Prevention in Place; know potential obstacles.
- Use Mindfulness to stay in the present moment.
- Attend support group meetings.
- If family gatherings are too stressful – attend support group meetings and/or spend time with supportive friends.
- Remember self care: Check H.A.L.T. – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.
- Mindfully acknowledge and work with emotions – do not ‘bury’ unpleasant emotions.
- Allow yourself to have Real Fun – Sober. Create new sober holiday traditions.
- Give Thanks: Implement Gratitude as an Attitude whenever possible.
- Sobriety is the Priority. (And have a back-up plan in place).
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Options, East Bay and Sacramento
In the Northern California area – there are convenient locations for Medical Detox, Residential and Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Dual Diagnosis (Co-occurring Disorders) Treatment.
Valley Recovery Center, East Bay Location, Outpatient Programs
150 North Widget Lane, Suite 116, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
In the East Bay – Walnut Creek, California – Valley Recovery Center has Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Clients in Valley Recovery Center outpatient rehab programs are not required to stay overnight at the center. Valley Recovery Center East Bay outpatient programs are in-network with most insurance plans.
East Bay Outpatient Addiction Rehab Options are ideal for people who:
- Have completed residential (inpatient) treatment at our Sacramento rehab center; or,
- Those who require outpatient addiction recovery due to personal, work or school situations.
- Most insurance plans accepted; we are in-network with most insurance plans.
Valley Recovery Center Sacramento – Medical Detox, Residential and Outpatient Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Treatment, TriCare
Medical Detox, Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Treatment (PTSD, co-occurring disorders and more), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).
Need Help Outside California?
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Causes Serious Problems in Families
If your family is experiencing the effects of a loved one’s addiction, it is time to take the necessary steps to get help. New Start Recovery Solutions can help you with alcohol and drug rehab in most areas of the U.S.
Call Admissions at 877-367-9930 for assistance.
If PTSD or any form of mental illness is also involved (depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and more) – it is critical to make certain the recovery center you choose has Dual Diagnosis treatment.
Dual Diagnosis is also known as ‘co-occurring disorders’ in substance use disorders (SUD) treatment.
Contact David Burke at New Start Recovery Solutions for details and more information on addiction treatment programs that will fit your needs – and work best for you.
Or call 877-367-9930 now to inquire about how we can be of assistance.
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