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SEE: Here are a few tips to stay sober during the holiday season

2018-12-21 12:30

Clear Sky Group

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With law officials clamping down on drunk driving across South Africa, here are some helpful ways to try and stay sober during this holiday.

The holiday season can be a fun, exciting time. It also can be stressful and exhausting, particularly for those who are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, or for those just looking to relax and unwind after a long year.

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Take a look at these five tips from Clear Sky Group to help you remain sober during the holiday season.

1. Build Your Support System

• Meet regularly with a therapist, sponsor, counselor, and/or support group
• Discuss your holiday season concerns and worries with family members, friends, and other loved ones
• Be patient with loved ones who want to help but struggle to provide the support you need, exactly how and when you need it.

2. Plan Ahead for Holiday Gatherings

• Limit your time in stressful situations
• Don’t be afraid to say "No" if you feel uncomfortable
• Avoid locations where you risk relapse
• Make a list of people you can call in an emergency
• Develop an "escape plan" so you can leave a holiday gathering on short notice

3. Take Care of Yourself

• Eat healthy meals
• Exercise regularly
• Take time for reflection
• Connect with loved ones

4. Express Your Gratitude

• Make a daily gratitude list
• Volunteer at a local charitable organization
• Find new ways to celebrate your sobriety with others

5. Stay in the Moment

• Live one day at a time
• Try not to think about past mistakes and/or potential pitfalls you could encounter in the future
• Focus on the positive aspects of the holiday season

The holiday season can be an ideal time to undergo addiction treatment, too. In fact, enrolling in an addiction treatment program may prove to be the best holiday gift that a person can provide to his or her loved ones.

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