The holiday season is upon us as the New Year rapidly approaches. With the holidays comes more family get-togethers and a chance to catch up with loved ones you have perhaps not seen all year. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, however, this can be a tricky time to know how to navigate these relationships. Rather than avoiding your family and friends, accepting support during the holidays is a crucial part of your rehabilitation.
Rather than shying away from relationships with your loved ones, research shows they play an essential role in your recovery. Relying on them for help, love, and acceptance could be the key to your sustainable sobriety. This first looks like asking for help when you need it.
Know that asking for help is not weakness; on the contrary, there is strength in admitting you need help. Let people walk alongside you in your recovery and lean on them when the going gets tough. You never have to walk alone, and your loved ones certainly do not want you to. Trust that they accept and love you for who you are and are always looking for ways to best help you.
It is also imperative to be prepared and have a plan before holiday events. Holiday get-togethers can offer potential triggers. Knowing this going to a large family gathering can be the difference between your continued sobriety and relapse. Having open communication with your family on what is helpful and unhelpful in supporting you will be much appreciated. Let them know how they can best love you by avoiding those triggers.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, do not hesitate to call us at (888) 238-1038. We offer free, confidential, over-the-phone addiction assessments and insurance verification to ensure the best treatment plan for every individual we serve. You are never alone in your fight against drug and alcohol addiction, so call us today!
“Accepting help is its own kind of strength.” -Kiera Cast