The holiday season can be extra challenging for women in recovery, especially when it comes to attending any social events where you may be tempted to use again. But it can also be a time when you can empower yourself—to say “no” and to surround yourself with sober supporters who want the best for you.
Start by keeping in mind the following tips:
- Choose events wisely. It’s okay to decline invitations, especially if you know you’ll face multiple relapse triggers, including people, places, and substances.
- Recruit an accountability partner. Ask a friend or loved one who supports your sobriety – and who is willing to have a tough conversation with you if necessary – to attend any holiday parties with you.
- Rehearse a script for saying “no.” This will take the pressure off and allow you to politely decline a drink, smoke, or even something stronger. If the host persists, let him or her know that you don’t drink for health reasons.
- Develop an exit plan. This will give you an easy out in case the temptation to drink or use becomes too strong or the party turns into a high-pressure situation.
- Attend bookend meetings. Whether you’re part of traditional 12-step or non-12 step group, attending a meeting before and after the party can keep you strong and hold you accountable to your sobriety promise. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, now is also the time to reach out to an addiction specialist or counselor.
- Be grateful. This is the perfect time to count your blessings and focus on all that you have – and how far you’ve come.
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