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When it comes to the holiday season, particularly the Christmas Eve – Christmas day – New Year’s marathon, there is no doubt that there are increased levels of stress, anxiety, and varying worries for all involved.  Though they may not show it, everyone has something on their mind that is usually a strain during this time of year, particularly if you or another is working to maintain sobriety.  If you encounter family or friends who seem calm and happy, they may be practicing a number of tips to maintain peace and sanity for the holidays.  If you have recently been through an alcohol rehab program, you may need a little extra help to make it through.

Family May Not Seem Like the Best Medicine

There is enough to think about during social events as it is, particularly when it involves seeing relatives. This is made infinitely more difficult when the person in question is in recovery from alcohol rehab and other people on the scene may be indulging in drinks, potentially even more so than usual to “get in the spirit.”  No one should have to face this struggle during a time of intended happiness and after successfully working through alcohol rehab, so consider these tips during the holidays to make the season brighter.

If you are usually the host or somehow in charge of the gathering and preparation, change things around for this year so that the responsibility isn’t piled on your shoulders, or on your shoulders alone.  Particularly if you are recently out of alcohol rehab, you hardly need any more stress on your mind.  These events can be exhausting enough on their own even if you aren’t the one having people over, so make it as easy on yourself as possible.  Have your guests bring side dishes or even consider going out for the meal so that there’s no cooking to be done at all.  If you’re planning on staying at home or going to another’s house, make sure that you have something to drink that is non-alcoholic.  This way, you don’t have to rely on another host to provide you with something safe to drink and you can be sure to have a cup in hand so that pesky relatives won’t throw questions your way.  At the same time, though, keep in mind that your recovery is a victory and not a shame; you’ve come a long way and no one should be able to make you doubt your accomplishment.

Always remember to set boundaries and know your limits during this trying time.  For example, if you are going to be surrounded by potentially-intoxicated and boisterous people; if those people are less conscious of their own actions, it’s likely that they’ll be less sensitive to your situation if they know about it at all.  In that case, it may be better to bow out early rather than have to manage a particularly hazardous encounter.  If they are in your home, try and establish ahead of time when you’d like for the party to wind down; you aren’t obligated to give a reason if you’re doing them the favor of hosting!

The most important thing to remember is that this season is about being appreciative of what you have, reflecting on the year as it comes to an end, and expressing love and gratitude to those who have been there in your life.  After alcohol rehab, you may be more aware than others of these points, so don’t hesitate to remind them of the real meaning of the holidays and reach out to those who have supported you.  They will likely respond in kind and this positive affect will lessen the pressures of the season for everyone.

For more information alcohol rehab and managing your addictions or stress during the holidays, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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