Preparing for the Holidays While Sober
When you make the decision to lead a sober lifestyle, getting together with loved ones for the first time can feel a bit different. However, knowing what to expect can help to ease your nerves as you get ready for the holiday season ahead.
Your Family May Act Differently
When your loved ones learn about your struggles with addiction and your choice to get sober, they may not know what to say or how to act right away. It’s common for friends and family members to “tiptoe” around you, being overly attentive and ginger in nature toward you. While it can be awkward, the intention is usually good and they’re just trying to figure out how to properly support you and your decision.
It May Feel Like Everyone is Watching You
After breaking the news to your loved ones that you want to lead a sober lifestyle, it can feel like the pressure is suddenly on. While you may feel self-conscious and like everyone is paying more attention to you, what you’ve been up to, and your life—it may just be anxiety talking.
People May Try to Hide Their Drinking
When you have decided to lead a sober lifestyle, the people around you who care about you will want to respect your decision. For many people who deal with alcohol addiction, seeing others drink can tempt them to drink. With that being said, your friends and family members may want to indulge while trying not to offend or trigger you.
You May Feel Uncomfortable
The holiday season means plenty of gatherings, dinners, and celebrations. However, know that it’s more than okay for you to say no. Choose the events that you feel comfortable attending and even then, know that it’s okay for you to leave if you feel overwhelmed.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way to live life.