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How Do I Stay Sober Through The Holidays?

It’s that time of year again when people are supposed to be neighborly, shopping is supposed to go according to plan, and family gatherings are supposed to be full of good cheer. In reality, chaos begins settling in around us, people are stressed out of their minds, traffic jams abound, and we’re basically trapped until January—or, at least it feels that way. All of this stuff and its stress builds and builds until something has to give. It’s why a lot of people turn to alcohol or other drugs. People in recovery can’t get high any longer, so we have to learn to take care of ourselves. Drugs and alcohol only cover-up the stress briefly, but the following tips can be used anytime to qualm the chaos:

  1. Sleep – There’s something about a good night’s sleep that works wonders on the mind and body. Without it, we’re agitated, on edge, lethargic, and not thinking as clearly as we would without the exhaustion. It’s also fantastic at boosting the immune system, which is much needed this time of year. It helps fend off sick people, stress, anxiety, and is key in our overall recovery.
  2. Take Time to Yourself – Being with yourself, in a calm and peaceful environment is a big deal. We can get consumed with everything that’s going on around us, and forget who is most important in the scheme of things, and that’s you! Do something you enjoy, take a little r & r for yourself, or light some candles, take a bath or practice your meditation.
  3. Eat Healthy – It can be ridiculously hard to eat healthy during the holidays, but the more you can steer clear of all the sweets, the better you will feel. Also, load up on vitamin c, wash your hands frequently, and avoid coming too close to anyone who’s sick. A lot of people get the flu or a cold right this time of year, and it’s the last thing you want to deal with in early recovery.
  4. Go to a Meeting – Places where alcoholics and addicts gather are sacred during the holidays. It’s stressful being around our family, and being around people who are just like us and understand what’s going on, is priceless. It’s a safe place to come with no alcohol, no drugs, and no family drama.
  5. Practice Gratitude – Recovery gives you the gift to be present. Enjoy yourself, your life, and how far you’ve come. There are many of us out there still fighting for our lives against the drug or the bottle. Be grateful for your freedom.

If you are still fighting with your addiction, give The Serenity Recovery Center a call. The holidays are difficult, but there isn’t a better time to get clean and sober. We can help you get there. Give us a call, we are available toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can recover. Call now.