Reduce Chances of Relapse by Planning Ahead for Holiday Social Affairs

holiday planning, stress, relapse prevention, recoverySince the holidays can be a stressful time, the more planning you do ahead of time, the more prepared you will be for challenging situations…and the more you will enjoy yourself this holiday season! Take that extra time to give yourself some T.L.C.

We recommend that you:
• Maintain your regular routines as much as possible, such as sleeping enough.
• Get proper nutrition and don’t overdo unhealthy holiday treats.
• Take medications that may be prescribed for mental health disorders.
• Keep your appointments with your healthcare practitioners.
• Attend 12-step and other support groups. Many recovery groups convene on holidays.

If you will be going to social gatherings where alcohol may be served, here are some helpful strategies to help you avoid a relapse:

• Try to find out who will be attending the family, business or neighborhood gathering. Knowing who will be there will help you feel more in control, and anticipate questions or comments from friends, family or strangers.
• Give yourself permission to excuse yourself for some time away from the people or any situation that is uncomfortable for you. You can go to a quiet place, step outside, or even go home, if needed.
• Bring along your favorite non-alcoholic beverage for your host to serve.
• Call your sponsor before to talk through your goals for the gathering. Keep your sponsor’s phone number handy so you can call for help if needed.

Remember, with Gateway, all you have to do is call. If you, a family member or friend is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse this holiday season, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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