5 Ways to Manage Holidays in Recovery
The holidays can be a stressful time for many people. For those in recovery, it can be a particularly difficult time as they may encounter triggers that lead to relapse. This blog will provide some tips on how to cope with the holiday stressors and stay on track in recovery.
#1. Identify Possible Triggers Before They Arise
First and foremost, it's important for those in recovery to be aware of and be able to identify their possible triggers before they arise. This could be a particular person, place, or activity that may cause stress and lead to difficult choices. Knowing these triggers can help to plan ahead and avoid them if possible.
#2. Make a Plan for Minimizing Exposure to Triggers
Once potential triggers are identified, it is important to come up with a plan for minimizing exposure to them. This could include setting boundaries with friends and family who may add pressure to drink or do drugs, avoiding certain places or activities that may lead to relapse, or planning ahead of time how to handle difficult situations.
#3. Set Goals and Have an Accountability Partner
Setting goals can help keep those in recovery on track and motivated. It may be helpful to have an accountability partner who can provide support and encouragement, help create a plan of action to achieve goals, or just be there to listen when times are tough.
#4. Have an "Escape Plan"
It is important to have a plan of action if triggers arise or times get tough. This could include something as simple as taking a break from the situation and going for a walk, calling an accountability partner or hotline, or attending a support group meeting. Having a plan in place can help those in recovery stay focused and on track during difficult times.
#5. Build a Support Network
Finally, it is important to build a strong support network of family, friends, and professionals that can provide help and guidance during times of difficulty. This could include attending 12-step meetings or therapy sessions regularly, connecting with other members of the recovery community who understand what you are going through, or making sure there are people available to talk to if needed.
By using these tips, individuals in recovery can stay on track during the holiday season and beyond. With a little bit of preparation, support, and planning, it is possible to stay in recovery even through stressful times like the holidays.
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