Coping with the Holidays: A Change of Focus

 

For men and woCoping with holidays in addiction recoverymen in all stages of drug and alcohol recovery, the holidays may bring mixed feelings of hope, fear, and unfulfilled dreams. While those around you are celebrating, shopping, and making preparations, you may feel lost and alone. After all, you are still struggling to make sense of your recent personal, family, and financial losses. Fortunately, for the Christ-follower in rehab, Christmas brings hope that can illuminate life’s darkest corners.

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

When anxiety, depression, or hopelessness creeps in to take hold of you this holiday season, change your focus. Rather than getting caught up in stress, commercialism, or “imperfect” holiday plans, keep these things in mind:

  • Gratitude. It can’t be overstated: People who take time to be grateful are happier, healthier, and more at peace. This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, be intentional about gratitude. Journal, pray, and tell others about your chance at new life, the opportunity to heal physically and spiritually, and the ability to restore broken relationships. Most importantly, be grateful that addiction recovery can refine you rather than define you.
  • Fresh starts. Jesus came to earth to wipe the slate clean and serve as a sacrifice for our sins so we can begin anew. Once you have repented for your addiction and accepted God’s forgiveness, you can await the season of Jesus’s birth with expectance and joy.
  • Simplicity. When the culture teaches that expensive gifts, extravagant parties, and perfect family photos are the true meaning of Christmas, just say no. Simplify your holiday this year. Plan intimate gatherings with close family and friends. Make your gifts, or donate to a charity in honor of someone you love. In place of parties that emphasize drinking, opt for a favorite Christmas movie at home. Simple traditions can be meaningful and memorable—without being stressful or tempting you to relapse.

Holiday Help for Addiction

At Christian Rehab Network, we know that the holidays bring a mix of unsettling feelings for many clients. When you are facing social relapse triggers or feeling trapped by unrealistic holiday expectations, call our staff. Available 24/7 to help, we provide free consulting and rehab facility placement for men and women of all ages. Call 877.310.9545 today, or submit a private  and our Christian addiction recovery specialists will be in touch promptly!

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