Navigating the Holidays in Recovery: Tips to Safeguard Your Sobriety
King of Prussia, PA, Dec. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD) is a journey filled with challenges during the holidays, but it is a journey worth taking. As a leading healthcare network SUD provider, we understand the transformative power of facing our past mistakes, repairing relationships, and conquering the stigma that sadly still surrounds addiction.
With the holiday season around the corner, we are reminded of the importance of special care and planning during this festive time of year. Recovery Centers of America is committed to supporting individuals in recovery as they navigate the holidays with confidence and resilience. To support individuals during this time, Recovery Centers of America has compiled a comprehensive guide with valuable tips and strategies. These recommendations aim to empower individuals in recovery and help them navigate the holidays with confidence.
The guide highlights the importance of special care and planning during holiday celebrations. By being proactive, individuals can effectively protect their sobriety and ensure an enjoyable holiday season.
- Have a support system. Social support is crucial since social isolation is a risk factor for relapse. We all need people to relate to and depend on during our struggles. This can be your sponsor, a family member, or a friend, whomever can provide you with open ears and a caring heart. Many believe that the key to recovery from addictions is being connected to others. Establish days and times that you regularly communicate with your support system. You can also find virtual and in-person recovery support groups. Many 12-step recovery groups will hold 24/7 meetings during the holidays.
- Stay active. Run, walk, ride your bike, do yoga, anything that gets you moving and keeps your mind and body busy. These activities are great for both your mental and physical health and produce endorphins which are scientifically proven to help you feel better.
- Practice self-care. Taking care of ourselves may seem so obvious, but who do we most neglect when life gets busy? Our kids, parents, partners, or friends can take priority during the holiday season. Practice self-care through activities like meditation, mindfulness, attending a recovery support group meeting or even home spa days. Allow yourself to be pampered in soothing ways to ward off stress that can trigger drug or alcohol thoughts or use.
- Eat well. The holidays can often feel gluttonous with all the available tasty treats, and unhealthy eating can make you feel lethargic and “blah,” which can breed feelings of “why not?” Why not eat that cake, shop online, drink that alcohol, or take that drug? Help prevent this by eating nutritious, nourishing meals that will make you feel better from the inside out. Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being.
- Know your triggers – and prepare for them. Treatment and/or a therapist likely helped you identify your triggers and now is not the time to forget. Understand what leads you to want to use drugs or alcohol – an old friend, a certain place – and steer clear if not entirely, at least on days you may be feeling particularly down.
“Recovery Centers of America understands the unique struggles faced by individuals in recovery during the holiday season,” said Dr. Pete Venig, Vice President of Mental Health Services at Recovery Centers of America. “Our aim is to empower individuals with the necessary tools and strategies to maintain their sobriety while embracing the joy and spirit of the holidays.”
To learn more about navigating the holiday season in recovery and the services offered by Recovery Centers of America, please visit www.recoverycentersofamerica.com.
About Recovery Center of America
Recovery Centers of America is dedicated to helping patients achieve a life of recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions. RCA has 11 inpatient facilities in Earleville and Waldorf (near Washington D.C.), Maryland; Danvers and Westminster, Massachusetts; Devon (near Philadelphia), and Monroeville (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania; South Amboy and Mays Landing, New Jersey; St. Charles, Illinois (outside of Chicago); Indianapolis, and Greenville in South Carolina. A full spectrum of outpatient treatment is also provided at many of these facilities. Patients can obtain care by calling 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-722-2669) with complimentary transportation provided in most cases. For the fourth year, RCA is recognized as having multiple sites atop Newsweek’s America’s Best Addiction Centers rankings for excellence.
CONTACT: Maureen Keown Recovery Centers of America 610.496.6290 [email protected]
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