Many have never gone through the holidays sober so they have no past reference of sobriety.
Chemical Dependency is a chronic disease that has a tendency toward relapse which most recovering people tends to deny this reality.
They tend to avoid involving their families’ friends and fellow 12 step members in taking reasonable precautions that could save their lives if they relapse. Relapse prevention planning is a program of action.
Holidays must be planned to involve sobriety. Several things you can do to increase your success through the holidays. Here are a few things:
1. Increase your self support meetings
2. Contact with your sponsor needs to increase
3. If a situation is uncomfortable you have the right and need to excuse yourself.
4. When you see a bottle of alcohol visualize a skull and cross bars (sign of poison). Do the same with other drugs
5. When invited to a party ask if there will be non-alcohol drinks served or available.
6. Stay aware of where you are going and whom you will be with. Take a recovery friend with you or someone that will hold you accountable.
7. Get adequate sleep and take vitamin supplements
8. Eat nutritional meals
9. Exercise as often as you can
10. Take good care of self.