Worrying about challenges that might arise won’t help. Instead, recognize that there might be some issues, and address them before they pop up unexpectedly.
In your mind, you might think it’s blaringly obvious to the people around you that you’re choosing to be sober and that it’s a big deal for you. No celebration will be the picture-perfect example of what a sober holiday should be.
Tools and resources for successful relapse-prevention
No matter your faith, many religious groups offer a variety of family-friendly events to participate in during the holiday season. It’s easy to drive through a light display or visit a live Nativity scene. Several churches also offer support programs for people overcoming addiction. Being able to pair your religious practices with your sobriety can often help you feel more secure in the process. Keep in mind that there’s no need to be ashamed of your past or the journey you’re on now. Of all triggers, the most significant can be emotional triggers.
Feel free to add optional workshops to your program path for a more intensive experience of exploration sober holidays and growth. On weekends we may also have additional workshops with invited teachers.
Reduce and Plan for Stress
Watch yourself leave fully sober, get home, go to bed, even see yourself waking up the next day. Plan the whole thing in your mind, rehearse it, and when the time comes for the actual event, you’ll be prepared for it.
Below, you’ll find all of our best tips and stories about staying sober for the holidays. If you live in Southern California and need extra support to stay sober this holiday season, contact in recovery. Since 1978, Chapman House has been Orange County’s most-trusted addiction recovery resource.
Staying Sober During the Holidays
These spiritual opportunities allow us to spread happiness and cheer to others. Treat it as one of the benefits of staying clean and sober; being able to have a clear mind and body to help others. You may be tempted to join the children’s table if your adult loved ones are in the “party” mood. And with your clarity of mind you will definitely win the Scrabble tournament. Sober holidays are tailor made for good old fashioned fun. If things get stuffy, head outside for a walk or go for a short drive to clear your head. But take the time to stop and think about your life giving recovery.
It works by the person in recovery checking in with someone from their support network before arriving at the event and again after leaving the event. The support person can be a sponsor, a family member, or a friend that is reliable. Be mindful of time spent around your relatives – know your limits.
Envision yourself not drinking and remember “If you’ve been there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body.”
In times like these, it’s probably best to remove yourself from the situation altogether. If you refuse a drink and someone asks you why, you’ll need to decide how you’d like to respond. Decide before the party whether you’re comfortable being honest about your sobriety and how you’d like to approach this question. You can tell them the truth, explaining that you had a problem with alcohol and have decided to stop drinking. If you’re trying to get through the holidays without drinking, I’ll share a few things that helped me.
What stone represents sobriety?
Amethyst (from the Greek “amethystos” meaning “not drunken”) is widely known for its ability to prevent intoxication.
Having a strong body and mind before stepping into a stressful situation is one way of setting yourself up for success. It fills the glasses of our friends and family members at nearly every kind of celebration, whether for a promotion, new baby or in most cases, the esteemed holiday party. Remind yourself that just one drink usually leads to more. Think of all the work you’ve already accomplished to get to this point, whether you have gone through recovery or rehab or spent time away from your family. You’ve come so far and you have accomplished so much. Remember that every sober day brings your next accomplishment. External triggers that make you want to reach for the bottle during the holiday season can be all around you – even more so during large celebrations.