Keep Your Recovery on Track This Thanksgiving
For those who are in recovery, the Thanksgiving holidays aren’t all fun and games. While it can be encouraging to spend time with loved ones, it can also be stressful. That, combined with the easy access to alcohol, sometimes makes relapse a big concern. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect your sobriety and keep your recovery on track—truly enjoying the holiday season, in the process.
Protecting Your Sobriety This Thanksgiving
Know your triggers. Are there people, places, or activities that cause your stress levels to rise? Or that you know to be relapse triggers? Know what these things are, and make plans to avoid them as best you can.
Take time for yourself. You want to be with people, and to avoid isolation, but it’s okay if you set aside some down time to be alone and recharge your batteries.
Find a buddy. Is there someone in your family who doesn’t drink—or who, like you, is in recovery? Seek out this person and stick with them through holiday parties and gatherings.
Be a help. One way to steer clear of relapse is to make yourself useful. Give yourself a job. Volunteer to help with cleaning, kitchen duties, or whatever else needs to be done.
Have an escape plan. Before you show up at a party, meal, or family gathering, practice an excuse you can give if you need to leave early. Always be ready to exit a potentially triggering situation.
Keep going to therapy. If you’re seeing a counselor or meeting with a support group, maintain those appointments. Don’t blow them off just because the holiday season is busy!
If you’re struggling this holiday season, and fear a relapse, we encourage you to seek help from the professionals. Contact Get Real Recovery whenever you need us!