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Staying Sober During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a tough time for individuals going through recovery or currently in substance abuse treatment. Unfortunately, substance abuse and holiday stress coincide; however, they do not have to. Our mental health counseling professionals in Naples share ways you can survive this season during recovery, and how to stay sober during the holidays.

 

Staying Sober During the Holidays

  1. Never forget why being and staying sober is important to you and your life.
  2. Attend parties where you know you will feel comfortable.
  3. Plan a way to escape an uncomfortable situation if one rises.
  4. Stay away from places that will trigger past emotions regarding substance abuse.
  5. Spend time with people who support your recovery.
  6. Know and understand your holiday triggers.
  7. Learn to fight and move past your cravings.
  8. Create and implement new traditions.
  9. Remember to stay grateful and to live in the season of giving.
  10. Live one day at a time, enjoying your sobriety.

 

Preventing the Holiday Blues and Recognizing Holiday Triggers

It’s important to recognize triggers in order to prevent the holiday blues. Depending on your situation, you may feel sad, scared, confused, and just plain weird. During the holiday season, now is the time to attend more group meetings, connect with sober friends, practice self-care, and live each day like it’s a gift – because it is. Take the time to figure out what hurts and what helps you during this time, focusing on what is going to help you stay sober during the holidays.

 

At Cypress IOP, we’re here to help anyone and everyone in need of substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling in Naples. Continue to reread our tips for staying sober during the holidays as many times as you need to avoid substance abuse and holiday stress.

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