The holidays, celebrations and going on vacation can have a negative impact on your sobriety. Reasons for relapse during holidays may include the following:
- Travel can be stressful, leading to the urge to self-medicate the stress
- Flying can cause anxiety
- Watching those around you drink can create an atmosphere of temptation and peer pressure
- If alcohol is offered by someone who doesn’t know your addiction history and won’t hold you accountable for your sobriety, it can be hard to say no
New challenges, old stressors and unfamiliar situations will challenge your resolve to stay clean, but you can get and stay clean from alcohol even during the holidays.
Staying Sober While Traveling
Learning how to stay sober on a vacation is an important part of your recovery. Deviation from daily routines can set off a chain reaction of mood changes or addictive behaviors, but you can turn down alcohol and maintain your sobriety even while you are relaxing or celebrating with family. Tips for staying sober on vacation include the following:
- Travel with friends and family members who are wholly supportive of your sobriety
- Many resorts and cruises are alcohol free; consider one of these types of vacation hotspots that are not just friendly to your sobriety but are also friendly for all members of your family
- If you will be staying with friends or family members, seek out local support groups for guidance while you are far from the comforts and familiarities of home
You can stay sober on holiday, and you can have an absolute blast doing it. Alcohol doesn’t need to be a part of your vacation, when you have the support of friends and family.
Holiday Celebrations and Alcohol
Celebrating the holidays and other occasions should be fun, but coping with addiction at Christmas or other holidays is challenging. People may offer or even gift alcohol to you, as they are unaware of your addiction and recovery. Holidays are also an emotional time for some people. Some are stressed by the planning involved, and others feel lonely if they cannot be with family. Avoiding alcohol at parties can be difficult, so it is essential that you learn valuable coping skills that will keep you from a relapse on holiday events.
Getting or Staying Sober during the Holiday
Call our toll-free helpline and talk with our trusted counselors. We can answer your questions, address your concerns and give you more information about getting and staying clean. We are here to help you learn how to stay sober, no matter the event or the time zone that you happen to be in. Call us today. We are here to help.