Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays
With endless holiday parties, shopping, and expectations from friends and family on top of past memories of substance abuse and holiday stress, the holiday season can be a challenging time for those in recovery. However stressful the holidays can get, they never have to interfere with all the progress you’ve made during alcohol and drug counseling in Fort Lauderdale. Our treatment specialists at Portner Counseling Group share tips on staying sober during the holidays below.
How to Stay Sober During the Holidays
- Be prepared.
- Never forget why staying sober is important to you and your life.
- Choose holiday parties wisely.
- Keep a non-alcoholic drink in your hand.
- Have a Plan B, in case your initial holiday party plan comes with triggers.
- Think your actions through and think about the next day.
- Stay away from triggering locations.
- Spend time with people who support your recovery and sober lifestyle.
- Start new traditions that coincide with your new, sober life.
- Do not drink and do not use, regardless of the situation – just don’t do it.
Recognizing Holiday Triggers
The most common holiday triggers to be aware of correspond with the acronym HALT. When you are feeling Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and/or Tired, you may feel as if you’re in the danger zone. It’s important to take care of yourself mentally and physically when you recognize that you may be feeling some of the holiday stress you were previously worried about. Staying sober during the holidays is significantly easier upon recognizing these holiday triggers.
Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. Casey has spent more than 10 years working with individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders, providing individual and group therapy, consultation and assessment, and case management in both a hospital and outpatient setting.