Early Sobriety and the Holidays: 25 Ways to Stay Sober

Stress around the Holidays

The holidays can be a very stressful early sobriety holidaystime for most addicts in early sobriety. Why is that? Well, many of our families were worried sick and stayed up late waiting for us to come home, hoping not to receive a dreaded phone call from the police. Those family members may still have some fears surrounding the recovering addict and his or her past actions. Just because you have some sobriety under your belt doesn’t mean you have entirely earned your family’s trust back. This can cause anxiety and fear from all parties involved when it comes to the holidays, and the newly sober loved one coming home for them. However, making the transition from your “safe” spot to the family home during this time of the year can be easier than you think. There are a few steps that can be taken.

25 Ways to Ease Holiday Transition in Early Sobriety

1. Call your sponsor

2. Keep in contact with case manager

3. Keep in contact with friends in the program

4. Have a realistic plan/schedule for when you are home

5. Go to meetings

6. Stay in a routine as much as possible

7. Meditate

8. Pray

9. Read inspirational literature

10. Stay away from unhealthy friends

11. Reach out at meetings in home area/get phone numbers

12. Try marathon meetings/sober events

13. Exercise

14. Talk to family about having alcohol present

15. Be willing to take yourself out of unhealthy situations

16. Be patient with family members

17. Be patient with yourself

18. Don’t have expectations

19. Try to keep conversations “light”

20. Be of service

21. Communicate feelings, good or bad ones, with family members

22. Communicate plan with family

23. Be willing to walk away from stressful situations

24. Have a relapse prevention plan

25. Be willing to leave home early if you need to

Having A set Plan Can Help

Holidays are always a stressful time for everyone involved, especially when someone is in early recovery, but understanding your family dynamics and being open and honest with them will make this stressful event easier to handle. Having healthy boundaries and communication skills, and practicing them with the family before heading home will be extremely helpful as well. Remember, don’t be so hard on yourself or your family, everyone was effected by the disease of addiction, but with a set plan and these helpful tips, the holiday time can be fun and exciting.

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