Getting Through Christmas With Your Sobriety Intact
While Christmas is marketed as a joyous, jolly and bright time of the year for all (ho ho ho), those of us who have been in addiction recovery for any extended period of time know that there are a few times of the year as triggering as the holiday season. Emotions are heightened, we are bombarded with invitations to a wide variety of holiday-related events and gatherings and many of us face a unique set of stressors – ranging from finding the perfect gift for our loved ones to spending ample time with our dysfunctional families. When all is said and done, it can be extremely difficult to get through Christmas with your sobriety intact. This year, we will face a more unique set of challenges than ever before. With nationwide lockdowns still underway and the added stresses that go hand-in-hand with traveling in the midst of a global pandemic, we will have to continuously navigate new territory as we adapt to the current state of things.
Yes, this Christmas might be a little bit overwhelming. However, it is entirely possible for us to navigate all potential relapse triggers and work through them effectively, staying sober and entering into the new year with a sense of optimism and gratitude.