The holidays are a time for celebration, but for people in recovery, the holidays can be difficult and even present triggers for relapse. In this blog, we share six tips to help you stay sober during the holidays.
#1: Make a Plan and Stick to It
Making a plan and staying committed to it is an effective way to stay sober and avoid alcohol at any time, but especially during the holidays. Create an action plan and define what you will do if you encounter a tempting situation. This could include taking a break and meeting up with a friend who supports staying sober or avoiding attending parties where alcohol is present.
Planning ahead can help you stay on track and keep your sobriety goals in sight.
#2: Avoid People and Places That Trigger Your Drinking Urges
If you’re trying to quit drinking or stay sober, you should be aware of the people and places that act as triggers for your drinking urges. This can include parties and friends who are still users. If such places or people are likely to trigger your craving for a drink, it is advisable to steer clear of them to avoid a potential relapse. It will take some time and effort but if you rid yourself of temptations and distractions, you will be well on your way to maintaining a sober lifestyle.
#3: Keep Yourself Busy with Activities That Don't Involve Alcohol
Staying busy can help you avoid temptation and alcohol-related activities. Sure, it may be tempting to turn to alcohol as a way of passing the time, but it is important to remember the benefits of participating in outdoor activities, hobbies, and exploring points of interest. Not only will these activities give you an outlet from alcohol, but they will also open you up to different experiences and teach you new skills. Take advantage of outdoor opportunities like going for a hike or taking a bike ride; find a new hobby that interests you such as painting, woodworking, or volunteering; go explore your town or nearby cities - there is so much out there that doesn't involve drinking! There are plenty of ways to stay busy and have fun while avoiding alcohol.
#4: Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy Foods
Staying hydrated and fueling your body with nutrient-rich foods is essential for keeping your health in top shape. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to hydrate your body and feel energized throughout the day - aim for eight glasses of water a day. Choose nutritious meals that focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. Eating nutrient-dense meals helps feed and nourish both our body and soul. Making these simple changes to your diet can bring about long-term health benefits that may help curb your desire to drink. After all, when you’re fueling your body with nutritious food and a healthy lifestyle, you’ll feel less inclined to jeopardize it with the damage effects that alcohol can cause.
#5: Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is critical to your physical and mental health, so carve out 8 hours of sleep each night and stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Make sure you have a pre-bedtime routine that helps wind down your body and mind. This could include activities such as reading for pleasure, taking a leisurely bath, or journaling. If possible, start your morning off with habits that create joy in your life—yoga, meditation, writing in a gratitude journal—rather than diving straight into emails and social media. When practiced consistently over time, these habits can help to set the stage for a good night's rest and cut any cravings you might have to use alcohol to help you fall or stay asleep.
#7: Seek Help If You Need It
Everyone can use a helping hand sometimes, and there are many who are willing to give it. Seek out support from friends and family who can offer advice or lend an ear when necessary. If you experience more serious issues such as addiction cravings, consider relying on a sponsor or mentor program for additional resources and guidance. Group therapy through Alcoholics Anonymous offers support systems in anonymous settings with fellow individuals who understand what you’re going through. You don't need to go through difficult times alone – there are plenty of people out there to help you if needed – so don't be afraid to reach out for assistance.
Carter Treatment Center Is Here for You
If you’re struggling to stay sober, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Millions of people are in the same boat. But there is hope. You can get sober and stay sober with the right tools and support. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance. The Carter Treatment Center offers a wide range of addiction treatment services that can help you overcome your struggles and build a lasting recovery.
Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you or your loved one achieve sobriety: (678) 737-4430.