The festive season is usually rife with house parties, gatherings, and events, most of which include alcohol. For those in recovery, enjoying a sober Christmas might feel like a challenge. But fun and alcohol do not always go together, and with some careful planning, you can maintain your sobriety and have a good time, too. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, Insight Recovery Centers’ quality aftercare program can provide immediate help and support.
Christmas is the perfect time to meaningfully connect with family and friends, celebrate milestones, and make beautiful memories. But the holidays can be very stressful for many people, and it might be difficult to say no to that free cocktail or bottle of homemade wine. Yet, with a proper aftercare plan, avoiding relapse and celebrating a sober Christmas is very much possible.
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Tips to Enjoying a Sober Christmas and Avoiding Relapse
If you’re bogged down by holiday anxiety and stress, these tips and strategies are sure to help you stay clean and sober during Christmas:
Change Your Mindset
Drinking at social events is so normalized in our culture, you may feel like the odd one out to say no to alcohol. But consumption of alcohol has severe consequences on one’s mental and physical health. If you feel tempted by the sight of your friends and co-workers drinking, keep reminding yourself of your promise to maintain sobriety and wellness.
Moreover, the idea that you won’t be having fun unless you drink is a dangerous myth. So change your mindset and remind yourself that you aren’t missing out on anything by having a sober Christmas.
Have an Exit Strategy
Although triggers can be minimized, they aren’t always avoidable. Stress, peer pressure, and anxiety can all contribute to a relapse. So, it is important to identify possible triggers and early warning signs and have an exit strategy in mind.
Have a few trustworthy friends and your therapist on speed dial. Say no to things that make you uncomfortable. And if possible, arrive and leave large gatherings early.
Be the Designated Driver
Another way to remain sober is to be the designated driver for the night. You can drive yourself to the event and be the person who offers a safe ride home to those who need it. By being responsible for the safety of your loved ones, you can also maintain your commitment to sobriety.
Ask a Friend to Come Along
You can also bring along a “sober buddy” to a gathering or party. They can keep an eye out for you, distract you with conversation and non-alcoholic drinks, and be there for you throughout.
Throw a Sober Party
Instead of attending events where you know alcohol will be served, you can organize your own sober Christmas party and invite only trustworthy people who have your best interests at heart. You can customize the menu, get a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, and plan sober activities for everyone.
Set New Resolutions
Christmas holidays are also a wonderful time for introspection. With the year ending, you can review your progress and set new resolutions and habits. Staying sober is a long commitment that requires motivation, willpower, and effort. Remind yourself that a sober Christmas is the first step towards avoiding relapse and living a healthier life.
Find Help and Healing at Insight Recovery Centers
At Insight Recovery Centers, we believe that everyone can recover from addiction, and we provide them with the right tools and support. At our outpatient intensive treatment center, we offer a variety of therapies and recovery programs customized as per the patient’s unique needs and case history. All our clients receive individualized care and intensive guidance at every step of the recovery journey.
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