How to Avoid Relapse over the Holidays

The holidays are usually a torturing time for recovering alcoholics. The temptation of alcohol can be found anywhere. This is a time where there are a lot of family get-togethers, office parties and other sorts of gatherings where there might be alcohol present. Not only that, but the holidays are the busiest time of the year which can cause some stress and a lot of pressure to grab a drink to unwind. To help all you recovering alcoholics out there to get through the holidays, here are some helpful tips. Take a buddy with you If you are invited to a party where there is probably drinking, the best thing to do is to take another recovering alcoholic friend with you. This way, you have somebody to check on you in case you get tempted to take a drink. If you can’t handle it then don’t go If you think that you still aren’t strong enough to say no to a drink then don’t go. Ask yourself which is more important, your recovery or some party? Is some party really worth losing your hard-earned sobriety? The answer is always no. Have an escape plan If you really must go to a party, it is always a good idea to have an escape plan. That way, you can leave anytime if the situation becomes unbearable for you. Don’t worry about the host feeling bad. You can always explain later that your sobriety is your top priority. Give yourself a chance to relax Allow yourself to take a break from all the pressures of life. Treat yourself to a nice hot bath. Go to the beach or get a relaxing massage. Do whatever that will help you unwind. This will clear your mind and relieve you of all that stress. Give a helping hand This is one of the most important things you could do for yourself and others as a recovering alcoholic. Helping others who are undergoing the same predicament as you are can be so rewarding. It will make you feel good about yourself which is a vital step towards your recovery.