Navigating the festive season for those in recovery, sober or abstinent

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In this blog, the team from Turning Point’s Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service explores the topic of sobriety during Christmas, focusing on those who are in recovery, sober, or abstinent.

While there may be some overlapping tips for anyone looking to cut down on alcohol or drug use, we believe it is essential to provide a separate guide specifically tailored to those navigating the challenges of maintaining sobriety during this festive season.

So, whether you’re newly in recovery or have been on this journey for a while, join us as we discuss practical strategies to help you navigate the holiday season. Additionally, for those who drink alcohol or use drugs and are simply looking to practice safe and responsible consumption during this time, we have a separate guide available.

Here are some tips on looking after yourself this festive season

Make a plan and stick to it

Before the holidays start, take some time to think about your triggers and develop a plan for how you will avoid them. This may include avoiding certain people, places, or activities, or having a plan for what you will do if you feel tempted to drink.

Communicate your commitment to sobriety to your loved ones

Let your friends and family know that you are not drinking and ask for their support. This will help you to stay accountable and avoid situations where you might be tempted to drink.

Attend recovery meetings or support groups

Remember, you are not alone. Many people in recovery find the holidays to be a challenging time. But with planning, preparation, and support, you can stay sober and enjoy the holidays.

Recovery meetings or support groups are a great way to connect with other people who are in recovery and get support and encouragement.

Take care of yourself and practice relaxation techniques

Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. These activities can help you to feel your best and reduce stress, which can trigger cravings for alcohol. When you feel stressed or anxious, try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. These techniques can help you to calm down and avoid cravings for alcohol. Take breaks from social situations if you need to.

Reward yourself for staying sober

Set small goals for yourself and reward yourself when you reach them. This will help you to stay motivated and on track.

Remind yourself of the benefits and the reasons why you are sober

Embracing a life free from drugs and alcohol can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This decision can significantly reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions like heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and cancer. Additionally, you may experience improved sleep quality, increased energy levels, and a stronger immune system.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Reach out to Turning Point for support if you’re struggling, we understand what you’re going through. We also offer boost programme for people who have finished their treatment.

Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks to parties and gatherings

Try to avoid situations where alcohol is heavily served, or offer to help with hosting or cooking, so you are busy and have less time to focus on drinking.

Need more help?

Turning Point offer recovery coaching, confidential one-to-one support online, in person and by phone, as well as access to social groups, fitness and outdoors activities and much more.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and there are numerous resources available to support individuals in making positive changes in their lives. If you or someone you know is struggling, reaching out to us can be a crucial step to supporting your recovery and wellbeing.

Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service Festive Opening Times

Our hubs will not be open on the following days: Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December, and Monday 1st January.

Our partners Build on Belief will have a social club open at Acorn Hall, 1 East Row, W10 5ar every Saturday and Sunday in December and January from 12-5pm. Build on Belief will also have a special Christmas event and raffle on Sunday 17th December, open to anyone who is struggling with drugs and alcohol.

We will also be supporting Crisis at Christmas from 27th December – 4th January.

This blog was originally published by Turning Point. You can read the original post here.

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