Posted on December 1, 2014 by Laura Fuller
While many of us welcome the chance to overindulge a bit around the holidays, for addicts in early recovery, the stretch between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be one of the most difficult seasons to navigate. Large, loud family gatherings can be uncomfortable and dredge up long-standing personal grievances. Seeing old friends who use drugs or alcohol can be trying if we are not emotionally and spiritually fit, especially when so many of the season’s festivities involves celebrating with alcohol.
As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, keep these helpful words of wisdom close to help you or your family member stay connected and feel included.
Many in recovery find that this time of year is a chance to connect with a more spiritual side of the season that they hadn’t experienced before sobriety. The holidays begin to take on new meaning when each member of the family thinks of what they can bring to the occasion, rather than what they can take from it. This year, keep your focus on your treatment program and the things and people that matter most to you. At Origins, we’re always here to help. Use our support line at (844) U-GET-WELL (844-843-8935) for help when you need it.