Advice for Those on the Road to Recovery During the Holidays
It’s no secret that recovery is difficult enough without the added stress of the holidays. In fact, the holiday season accounts for some of the most tempting relapse triggers. That’s why it’s important to have support systems and a holiday action plan, so you can avoid the risk of relapsing during the holidays.
If you or a loved one has been struggling with sobriety this holiday season, Mount Sinai Wellness Center is here to help. To learn more of our tips for your first sober holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated and compassionate staff at (800) 353-4673 today.
What Can I Do to Stay Sober Through the Holidays?
As stated by the Recovery Research Institute, the stress and emotions of the holidays can be tempting for those going through recovery. That’s why it is important to make sure your basic needs are met during the holidays by remembering to H.A.L.T when feeling tempted.
This acronym means recognizing when you are feeling Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, all factors that can lead to addiction cravings. Creating an action plan that you can follow when feeling this way can help you avoid the risk of relapse.
In addition to taking time to H.A.L.T when noticing cravings, there are other actions you can take to manage addictive urges during the holidays. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Recognizing triggers
- Tracking when urges arise
- Keeping yourself busy
- Offering designated drives
- Avoiding tempting situations
- Opting for the mocktail
- Suggesting alternative activities
- Creating sobriety-focused resolutions
Mount Sinai Wellness Center Believes in You
At Mount Sinai Wellness Center, we want you to be able to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about the urges for relapse. If you ever need advice, support, or resources while navigating recovery this holiday season, you can always reach a member of our staff at (800) 353-4673 or contact us online.
For more tips for your first sober holiday season, we’re here to assist. We know it isn’t easy, and we’re here to support you through whatever you may going through. The holidays can be a tough time, and you are not alone in your sobriety journey.