The holiday season is once again upon us, with Thanksgiving just around the corner. The majority of people look forward to the holidays, spending time with friends and family and enjoying time off from work. Usually, Thanksgiving involves eating too much food and/or drink, watching football, and beginning holiday shopping.
For people in recovery, the holidays can symbolize something completely different. After years of active addiction, the wreckage of one’s past can create a rift within families that can take years to repair. Feelings of guilt and shame can become overwhelming during this time of the year, leading some to crave drugs or alcohol for an escape. Eternal vigilance is required if one is to maintain their sobriety during this stressful time.
Fortunately, You Are Not Alone!
During the holidays it is crucial that you stay connected with your support network, i.e. sponsor, recovery peers, friends and family. Recovery events are held all across the country during major holidays, such as dances, dinners, and round the clock support meetings. Information about what is happening in your area can be accessed on your local recovery chapter’s websites or via the national sites, such as:
It is highly encouraged that you make an effort to attend recovery events during the holidays, especially for those who are new to recovery. Being around other people in recovery during the holidays has saved countless people from jeopardizing their own recovery.
Early recovery can be extremely difficult for many people. It is a completely new experience and can be quite intimidating and stressful at times. Coming to terms with the havoc of one’s past with a sober eye can be trying to say the least, but well worth it in the long run. The holiday season is often considered the most dangerous time for the newly recovering person, but many people in recovery have walked the road that you are now traveling, and you can follow their lead.
Remember To Have Fun And Be Safe During The Holiday Season
Turn to people who have a significant amount of recovery time under their belt – it will give you the best shot at navigating the waters of recovery during the holiday storm. They can show you that it is possible to have fun in recovery, not only in the holiday season, but all year round. . Stay close to your support, ask for help if you need it and remember to always remain grateful. It is important to count our blessings and to realize that recovery is possible no matter how difficult life can be at times.
If you are struggling with drugs and alcohol, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.