Sobriety During the Holiday Season
The holidays are upon us. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends. And although these celebrations can be wonderful, sometimes sobriety is tested. There is alcohol at almost every gathering and emotions are high, which can be a dangerous combination that potentially could lead to a relapse. There are many ways you can keep your sobriety intact during this season.
First and foremost, remember that your sobriety comes first. If there is ever a situation that makes you crave your substance of choice, remove yourself from it. In other words, have an ‘escape plan.’ Also, it is important to keep attending meetings. Don’t let meetings drop down in priority during this time of the year.
If you feel uncomfortable going to a social gathering alone, in fear of being the only sober on there, bring a sober buddy with you. They will understand better than anyone how difficult this type of thing may be. It also gives you someone to talk to when everything around you may be enticing.
Another good tip is to always keep a non-alcoholic drink in your hand. This will stop people from offering you an alcoholic drink, and will hopefully stop the dreaded question of why you are not drinking.
Finally, remember that you have come a long way in your sobriety. Use your courage and determination to continue on your journey.