The holiday season can be haunting and debilitating for those with substance abuse issues. Every year, the holidays present those who suffer from addiction with an immense challenge. Several of our American traditions involve alcohol. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, excess is celebrated where those of us who struggle with addiction seek to find peace.
Being around family and friends is no doubt important. Here are a few helpful tips to get you through the holiday season.
Volunteer to be the Designated Driver
Inevitably, holiday festivities and parties that involve alcohol often get out of hand. Be a proactive member of your office, or family, and offer to make sure everyone gets home safely. This will not only ensure your sobriety, but help contribute to a safe Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's for your friends and family.
Bring coffe, tea, or Hot Chocolate to your host
While a bottle of wine, eggnog, or other alcoholic beverage might seem customary to offer your host, it is not the only option. All too often the host or hostess finds themselves with a glutton of unusable or undesirable alcohol. Bringing a nonalcoholic option not only gives you an alternative to alcohol, but might provide the party or dinner with forgotten necessities.
Be the roll model
The holiday season sometimes makes some adults feel as though they need a break from reality. Drinking and partying to excessive levels can send a message to children and teenagers that binge drinking is appropriate among friends. If children can see you play a responsible role while still having fun at the party, you can influence them for years to come.
Help is a short phone call away
Despite all of your best efforts, the holiday season might be overwhelming. If Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's drinking and partying shows you a side yourself you can't defeat alone, we are standing by to help. Please call us at 1-800-610-4673.