With the holidays coming up, it can be easy to feel nervous about the urge to abuse alcohol or drugs. Whether potential usage is with family or friends, or whether we may feel lonely during the holidays, the desire to want to use may still be there – and it can be hard to overcome at times. If you’ve been in recovery for quite some time or if you’re just wanting to ensure your health and safety this holiday season, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that you stay on track with sobriety.
Know what your boundaries are. If your friends or family are abusing substances, plan out exactly what you want to say or do if you become uncomfortable. If you already have a set plan for what you’ll say and do, it will become much easier to say “no” if you need to. You may also want to establish a trusty ride home if you need to head out.
Understand what you are getting into before you go. If you know that the people you’re about to spend time with will not respect your recovery and will try to get you to drink or use drugs, reconsider the decision to go. Never compromise your values or your health to feel comfortable around others. Feel free to say “no” if you don’t feel that it would be a good idea for your recovery, health and safety – you’ll thank yourself later.
If you’re at a holiday event, go ahead and make yourself a non-alcoholic drink. Most of the time, it will look like you have a drink already in hand – and you’ll be less likely to be asked if you’d like something to drink. If people begin asking you why you’re not drinking, tell them “I’m not drinking tonight” or “I have plans early tomorrow” or “I took medication and alcohol doesn’t mix well with it”. It’s perfectly find to tell other people that drinking doesn’t fit within your plans for the night. Never be afraid to stand up for yourself.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.