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Staying Sober During the Holidays: Simple Tips to Help You Navigate

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The holiday season is officially upon us (we know it’s official because Starbucks started using their red holiday cups). When you are going through recovery, the holidays can be a tricky time. Parties, family gatherings, even going shopping – these situations can be stressful and make you susceptible to relapsing. But there are many strategies for staying sober during the holidays while still enjoying all the merriment!

1. When going to parties where there will be alcohol, and maybe even drugs, have a buddy who will stay sober with you. If not everyone at the party knows that you are going through recovery, having at least one person know – and be in solidarity with you – will make it much easier to stick to your plan. And you can certainly still feel festive by having your eggnog sans alcohol!

2. Find joy in other holiday treats and activities – ice skating, decorating cookies, watching classic holiday films – these traditions keep you in the holiday spirit, but don’t put you in a sticky situation where relapsing is tempting. Snuggled up by a fire, indulging in hot chocolate and watching “Miracle on 34th Street” – well, does it get any better than that?

3. Enjoy and spend time with family and friends who support you and make you feel good about yourself. The holidays truly are a time to be with people you love. Doing fun activities, making mundane errands fun with a partner in crime, or even just laying low and hanging out will remind you that it truly is a wonderful life (thanks, Jimmy Stewart) and that you can have fun and celebrate the season without relapsing.

So while temptations may be enhanced during the holidays, there are so many other ways to enjoy all the merriment while staying sober. With delicious food, heartwarming music and wonderful family and friends, you have all the cheer you need to have a healthy, happy holiday season.

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