The holidays can bring a lot of happiness, but if you’re in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, it can also bring anxiety. If you can’t remember the last time you had a sober festive season, you might wonder how to enjoy a sober Christmas. The good news is that you don’t need alcohol or drugs to have a good time. You simply have to find a way to celebrate that fits into your ongoing recovery. A drug and alcohol rehab can help you reach sobriety and begin enjoying your holidays.
Tips on How to Have a Sober Christmas
Your first holiday season in recovery can be a challenge. The best way to prepare for it is to have a plan. Consider possible scenarios involving work functions or Christmas parties. Have backup plans in place, too, in case your original plans don’t work out.
Above all, you should still feel like you can have a great time during the holidays. Try these tips to have a sober Christmas you’ll love:
- Host your own sober celebration: In case you have no party invitations that are alcohol-free, host your own event. Invite sober friends and family or others in recovery. If you are living in a sober living program, plan a gathering with your housemates.
- Attend outings that don’t involve drinking, such as tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, and family-friendly events. You could also volunteer to serve meals to the homeless as a way to give back.
- Leave a party early if needed: There will be times when people decide to drink around you. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable or anxious, there’s nothing wrong with leaving early.
- Reflect on what Christmas really means to you, whether it’s family, faith, or your newfound sobriety.
- BYO-non alcoholic beverage: You can still attend a party and drink by bringing your own beverages: pack tonic water, flavored water, soda, or other non-alcoholic drinks. No one has to know that you’re not indulging.
Don’t Isolate Yourself
If you think the easiest way to have a sober Christmas is avoiding all parties, don’t. Just because you’re in recovery doesn’t mean you should be alone. When you isolate yourself, you might fall into negative thought patterns that can trigger addiction relapse. Staying sober during the holidays does not automatically mean avoiding any events or groups of people that are celebrating. You don’t have to be in a crowd to celebrate a sober Christmas. Instead, spend time with a small group of friends and family who fully support your sobriety. There are numerous sober holiday activities in which you can participate with close friends and family who are supportive of your recovery. Some of these include:
- Looking at Christmas lights: many people go all out decorating for Christmas, and chances are there are houses or even entire neighborhoods in your area that provide amazing displays of holiday cheer.
- Card and board games: gathering together with a small group of supportive friends or family to play card or board games is also an excellent holiday activity.
- Kids’ outdoor games: you are never too old to be a kid again, so why not build snowmen or snow forts and igloos while engaging in epic snowball fights with the younger members of your family.
- Music: there are many opportunities to get involved with holiday musical activities like caroling, singing in a church choir or Christmas pageant, and playing an instrument or singing for close friends and family.
The holidays do not have to be associated with drug and alcohol rehab, loneliness, or other negative experiences. You can make new memories and have a sober Christmas by engaging with understanding and supportive family and friends. There is plenty of holiday cheer to go around, so go out and enjoy it while maintaining your recovery.
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- Dual diagnosis treatment
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Isn’t it time you celebrated holidays you can remember and cherish for life? Let the caring team at our treatment center start you on the path to sobriety. Reach out at 866.957.7885 to learn how your recovery can begin today, and look forward to a sober Christmas.