Have you been struggling with addiction? Are you on the road to recovery? First, we need to congratulate you. That’s truly wonderful. But you know that this road is not an easy one. It is not without its potholes and stumbles. Even with the attention and care of your support network, it’s important to mentally prepare yourself for the temptation of holiday parties, family gatherings, and other possible triggers.
That’s why we’ve come up with these tips for managing your addiction during the holidays in Baton Rouge. Let’s get started.
Prepare yourself for temptation by practicing self-care
If you struggle with addiction, a good night’s rest won’t banish your demons, but getting enough rest (generally 7-9 hours per night for adults) will leave your body and mind feeling strong, which will help you manage your addiction with a clear head.
Acknowledge the reality of your holidays
The holidays are likely to seem different through sober eyes, but the situations that have left you reaching for your vice in the past are still there. It’s vital that you acknowledge the reality of your holidays—emotional complexity, stress, possible estrangement, and all. By acknowledging these realities, you can formulate a plan to avoid situations that leave you feeling vulnerable and in need of liquid solace.
Consider invitations carefully before RSVPing
Speaking of feeling strong, don’t be afraid to say no to invitations. RSVP wisely. If you feel a particular situation will lead you off the path of recovery, avoid it. Or, if you feel unable to reject the invitation completely, stay only as long as you need. Go late and leave early. Your host will appreciate you coming and you’ll feel good about leaving with your sobriety intact.
Your glass is your business
“Have one drink! What’s the harm?”
You know how toxic this indulgent thinking can be for your sobriety. Especially in Louisiana, the holidays are a time of frivolity and indulgence. But if you struggle with addiction, indulgence can very quickly lead to overindulgence. While your friends and family may only be trying to spread the merriment, it can feel like peer pressure. In the moment, they may scoff at your refusal, but you are not disappointing anyone by refusing to give into your vice.
Have a support system (or two) in place
While you may feel confident in your sobriety and your ability to manage your addiction during the holidays, don’t be afraid to lean on your support system. Whether it’s turning to your peer group or sitting down with a trained addiction specialist, it’s better to overprepare than realize you’re without the support system you need when surrounded with temptation. Don’t be afraid to ask a sober peer to come with you. You can provide each other with support in the face of your individual addiction triggers.
Be grateful for every day you stay sober
You have begun the long, hard road to sobriety. It’s not a one day trip. This is a journey you will be on for the rest of your life. Feel proud of yourself each time you progress down this road. It truly is an accomplishment.
If you’re in need of guidance or a companion on this journey, give the mental health experts at Psychiatry Associates of Baton Rouge a call. We’re here to help.