The holiday season can be a difficult time for those in recovery. There are many events where alcohol is readily available, and it can be easy to be exposed to certain triggers. Here are some tips for those needing assistance during this challenging time.
Have a Plan for Handling Social Situations
It's important to have a plan for social situations. If you know that an event or gathering is going to be especially challenging, make sure to come up with a strategy ahead of time on how you will handle it. This could include bringing a friend who can provide support, having a distraction ready, such as a book or game, and being prepared to excuse yourself if necessary.
Take Time for Yourself
It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so it's important to make time for yourself too. Make sure to carve out some time each day dedicated just for you. This could be spent doing a relaxing activity like reading or going for a walk, or even just taking some time to do nothing at all. This can help you recharge and stay mentally healthy during the holidays.
Be Proactive About Triggers
It's important to be mindful of any triggers that may lead to relapse, such as certain people, activities, or situations. If you know that there is a situation that may be difficult to navigate, make sure to have strategies in place for how you will cope. This could include having a support system ready and making sure to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.
Don't be afraid to seek out support if you need it. This could be from a friend, family member, or even a professional counselor. It's important not to go through this holiday season alone. It can be helpful to talk with someone who understands the challenges associated with recovery and can provide guidance and support.
The team at Carolina Recovery Solutions is here to help you through recovery. If you are concerned about a possible relapse this holiday season, call (828) 383-8328 to learn how we can help.