Navigating the holidays can be difficult, especially when you’re sober. If the coming months are going to be your first holiday season in recovery, there are a few different things you should know. Keep reading for some helpful tips you can use during the upcoming holiday season. As always, feel free to reach out to the Avalon Malibu staff if you have questions.
Navigating the Holidays
If you have friends and family who still drink or use other substances, then the holidays can be a difficult time. Being surrounded by substances can bring up the possibility of relapse, so it’s important that you’re prepared for challenging situations that could potentially present themselves. Below are some things to consider as you head into the holiday season.
Set Clear Boundaries
Setting clear boundaries is essential when it comes to staying sober during the holidays and that’s something we believe strongly in at Avalon Malibu. Making sure that everyone around you is aware of your boundaries is important, as they won’t be able to respect them if they’re not aware of them. When it comes to setting boundaries, be sure that you’re confident in them. If someone isn’t going to respect your boundaries, then that tells you a lot about the relationship that you have with them.
Another important thing to keep in mind when it comes to remaining sober during the holidays is communication. Communicating with others about what you do and don’t feel comfortable with is a good way to make sure that everyone’s on the same page. Don’t be afraid to be clear and direct when you communicate, as this is the best way to reduce the chances of a misunderstanding.
It can be challenging at first to communicate clearly and set boundaries, but they’re things that will get easier the more that you do them. If you’re preparing for the upcoming holiday season, know that there are many other people who are in recovery and going through the same thing. By setting clear boundaries and being careful about your communication, you can be sure that you’re setting yourself up for success.
If you’re feeling nervous about entering the holiday season, know that you’re not alone. There are so many people who want some extra support to maintain their sobriety during the coming months. If you’d like to speak with a member of our staff about the services we provide and if they could be the right fit for you, feel free to reach out to us by calling (844) 857-5992. We’d love to provide you with more information about our services and help you decide if they’re what you’re looking for.