The holidays are always a time to celebrate. From office parties to family get-togethers, this time of the year is often filled to the brim with laugher, fun, and a fair amount of stress. Though it can be tempting to indulge in a little “fun”, it’s important to keep in mind your goals and happiness when attempting to maintain a happy and sober lifestyle during the holiday season. In this entry, we will discuss some tips to tricks to help you through.
1 – Consider hosting your own party for friends and family members. If the temptation of social drinking poses an issue, this can be a wonderful way to control the situation. Spend the money that would otherwise go towards alcoholic beverages on fancier food items, decorations, and entertainment. Not only will you likely save a good deal of cash, but avoid the mess associated with a large-scale alcohol-based get-together. And heck… you’ll probably end up creating some new and magical memories you may have forgotten otherwise!
2 – If you do decide to attend a holiday party, volunteer yourself to act as a designated driver. The more people you have counting on you to get them home safely, the more likely you will be to remain responsible.
3 – Remind yourself of how much better you will feel after the party if you avoid alcohol. When you are tempted to indulge in a drink, try remembering how far you’ve come with your sobriety, and how sick you have felt after previous binges. Making a point to recall these instances may be enough to trick yourself into foregoing the bottle.
4 – Ask your family and friends for their support. Utilizing a buddy system can help keep you on track in case your commitment to sobriety begins to wane. Explain your desire to remain sober, and ask them to help you when temptation is lurking.
5 – Never go out on an empty stomach. If you are attending a holiday function, it’s a good idea to head out with a full belly. The more food you have in your system when you arrive, the less you will be tempted to indulge. A healthy dose of protein will be enough to fill your belly, while providing you with energy to socialize during the event.
6 – Implement your New Years resolution early. Most of us make resolutions to better ourselves following the holiday havoc, without regard to the damage we are doing along the way. Remember that New Years is just another day. By making an early commitment to yourself to maintain sobriety throughout November and December, you will be more likely to abide.
If you or someone you know is having difficulty maintaining their sobriety, our Above It All drug rehab counselors are available to help! Give us a call today, and let us help you back on track towards the merry, happy, and healthy holiday season you deserve.