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Alcohol Addiction, Hosting Stress, and Seasonal Obstacles

Alcohol Addiction and the Holidays - The Bergand Group

‘Tis the season for excess.  That doesn’t just mean excessive materialism, but can also mean increased stress, anxieties, indulgence, and a host of other things that dull the season rather than brighten it.  It’s easier said than done, to try and push the mind in a certain direction, but it can make a big difference as to whether or not these busy weeks seem manageable or almost insurmountable.  Take things one step at a time and lessen your holiday load, particularly if you’ve been working toward recovery from alcohol addiction and are feeling overwhelmed already.

Overcoming Holiday Negativity and Alcohol Addiction

The holidays can be difficult enough with alcohol addiction, but may be made more complicated by a number of other factors.  If you have a negative experience with this time of year or have painful memories, it can be impossible-seeming to make it through the month(s) without support.  Fortunately, there are some things you can do right away to begin to lessen the mental strain.

For example: most, if not all, people have things about holidays that drive them to one unpleasant emotion or the other.  Some people are nervous about hosting gatherings, others are tense as they anticipate uncomfortable interactions with relatives.  Not everyone may be dealing with alcohol addiction, but not everyone is blissfully enjoying the parities without anything unpleasant on their minds.  If you choose to believe this, you may feel isolated and worse than before, despite it being untrue.

If you are supposed to be hosting at your home, make things a little easier for yourself.  Ask your guests to bring dishes, and if you’re working through alcohol addiction, maybe suggest alternatives to alcohol, like warm cider or spiced hot chocolate.  If you’ve traditionally held parties in your house, maybe it’s time to ask another family member or friend to shoulder the responsibility this year.  It may be too late for that, which is fine: you can still take steps to improve the entire process.  Buying snacks and food instead of making them may take some of the load off of you.  Keep decorations simple and don’t compare what you’ve done with your neighbors.  Do the things that you enjoy doing during this season, but don’t overdo it and invite stress to be a part of the experience.

Consider not putting up a tree, if you’re open to it.  Christmas trees can be huge stressors, particularly if they’re real and require care.  Even “fake” trees need decoration and other points of consideration, so think about getting a small, purely decorative tree, or just forgoing the tradition entirely.

Don’t be afraid to dote on yourself.  It’s easy to be your own enemy while at the same time attending to the needs of everyone else, but you can’t do the latter very well if you aren’t taking care of yourself.  Make sure to get enough food and rest during this time so that you are feeling physically better and more able to tackle other issues.  Alcohol addiction is tough enough, so give yourself a little leeway to sleep an extra hour or have that Christmas cookie.  A little kindness, even from and to yourself, can make a big difference in how you see the world in times of potential (or definite) stress.  Part of this may mean keeping an open and positive mind: if you can envision a day where everything goes right, you’re that much closer to making it into a reality.  The opposite is true, too, so be careful not to expect the worst!

For more information about managing the holidays and recovering from alcohol addiction in Baltimore and Harford County, 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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