At least one in ten Americans admit to some form of alcohol and/or drug abuse and holidays can be counted among some of the most challenging times of the year for those in recovery. Professionals offer several tips to avoid trials during this season.
One of the first way to accomplish this is by avoiding situations that threaten their sobriety. If necessary, attend a 12-step meeting before and after gathering with family/friends. Also, check-in with someone in recovery (i.e. sponsor) before and after a holiday gathering.
It’s recommended that family and friends of those in recovery check with their love ones to understand what they need to feel supported. Also, make holiday gatherings substance free to support your family member/friend in recovery and be sure to communicate it in advance to your guests.