5 Tips For Avoiding Relapse During The Holidays
For someone in recovery, the holidays can be a hard time. The holidays can be stressful and even depressing and many in recovery find they are tempted to relapse to cope. Here are 5 tips to having a “Holly, Jolly Christmas” without relapse.
Put Your Recovery First
With celebrating the holiday season, there can be so much to do. Staying in recovery needs to be your top priority. It is extremely important to keep your regular counseling or support group commitments and even schedule extra support time if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed or depressed. Know your triggers for relapse and how to manage them. Every day start your day acknowledging that your recovery is foremost no matter how busy you get.
Eat, Sleep, & Exercise
This may seem very simple but prioritizing these always seems to fall by the wayside during the holidays. It is much easier to have a positive outlook in the morning when you are well rested. Keep your energy up throughout the day with healthy meals and exercise. This gives you confidence and makes you feel better about yourself knowing you are in control of making good choices and managing stress.
There can be so many extras to fit in during the holiday season…decorating, baking, shopping, holiday parties, and family celebrations. It is easier to not get overwhelmed if you have a reasonable plan and stick to it! Schedule your days to spread out the extra holiday tasks necessary (necessary being the key word) while giving you time to relax and do what you like to do. You will find that decorating or other holiday extras can be enjoyable when not shoved in a day with many other things to do! Find a reasonable balance of simplifying the holidays, but enjoying what the season has to offer.
Surround Yourself With Supportive Family/Friends
It is amazing how much help it can be to have people you can depend on to support your recovery. Let your family and friends know how you will be enjoying the holidays and how they can support you. DO NOT put yourself in a situation where you will be tempted to relapse. If you are at a party and are feeling overwhelmed or tempted, have an exit strategy already in place. Sometimes the holidays bring on feelings of regret, what may have been, or loneliness. It is key to surround yourself with people who are supportive of your recovery and give you a positive outlook.
Start Healthy Traditions
How empowering to know that you can now celebrate the holidays with a clear mind and not in the strongholds of substance abuse! Just remember you have the control now to make healthy choices and not revert to old coping mechanisms. You can make your holiday experiences into what you want. Concentrate on the present and make positive memories.
By making the choices to stay focused on your recovery and managing your stress, the easier your recovery will be. If you aren’t in recovery and are currently struggling with opioid abuse, AMC is here for you. No time is better than now to get help. Give yourself the best gift ever by making the decision to take your life back by breaking the grip of opioid addiction. Contact AMC Columbus or AMC Nashville today!