If the thought of attending family gatherings, answering nosy questions about rehab, and braving crowded shopping malls is not on your holiday wish list this year, take a deep breath. A few proactive steps can help you survive the holidays—sober. With the right approach, you may even be able to de-stress and rejoice over the real meaning of Christmas.
- Plan your path in advance. If you know that parties often trigger your desire to drink or use, politely say no to that party invitation. Avoid family gatherings where tensions tend to run high, as well as other situations that tempt you to turn to destructive behavior. Setting healthy boundaries in advance of Christmas and New Year’s events helps to set you up for sobriety success.
- Plan self-care activities. When stressful situations are on the horizon, it’s wise to have some go-to stress management techniques in your pocket. Schedule a massage or manicure; join a fellowship group; get involved with ministries at your church; volunteer to serve holiday dinner at the food bank; get some exercise. When you plan your free time around activities that fill you up emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, you’ll be less likely to make unhealthy decisions. Unscheduled time is often dangerous time.
- Plan for spiritual growth. Christmas and the New Year are ideal times for fresh starts, and that includes your spiritual walk. Dig into your Bible with daily quiet time or join a small group to discuss the scriptures. Pastor Rick Warren recommends praying through the “Fruit List” from Galations 5:22-23 when you are yearning to grow spiritually. Christmas is the perfect time to ask God to help you develop the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Holiday Help for Addiction
For recovering addicts, the holiday season is often fraught with stress. Christian Rehab Network will help you navigate the season with grace—and develop plans for hope and renewal in the process. To learn more about our Christian drug and alcohol recovery consulting, or to speak with a member of our team—night or day—dial 877.310.9545 today, or submit a private online inquiry. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!