Hello Amazing People! I hope you’re all doing well. If you haven’t noticed yet, I am taking all of November to help you have a happy holiday. And in my opinion, a healthy holiday is a happy holiday. So this week’s blog is no different. Today let’s discuss how holidays can actually trigger addiction.
For many, the holidays are a time to attend and throw parties, eat fattening foods and indulge in cocktails. The Thanksgiving and Christmas season also bring about more family time and opportunities to engage with loved ones. For those with healthy lifestyles and family ties, this can be the most wonderful time of the year. For individuals who battle addiction, it can actually lead to more stress.
The holiday season can be tough for a recovering alcoholic to navigate in terms of the increase in holiday parties and gatherings. A person struggling with substance abuse may feel ashamed to be around the very individuals who are aware of their past and even present. They may want to withdraw, and withdrawal can bring about the desire to use drugs and alcohol as a way to reduce the feelings of anxiety.
If a person has loose family ties or none to speak of, this time of year it can be difficult to find a positive outlet in order to manage those feelings. It is important to understand that someone you love may not be looking forward to the holiday season. However, with your help, they may understand that the holidays are a time for cheer.
When inviting a recovering attic to your social gatherings, consider having mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages available. Whenever possible, be sure to only have them surrounded by people who support them, versus people who will only criticize them. Finally, check on them throughout the holiday season. Remind them that they are loved, wanted and appreciated. Let’s help our neighbors and loved who are struggling experience healthy triggers this year.
I’m praying that you and those you love will not be distracted by negative situations and toxic individuals this holiday season. Even if a trigger occurs, you don’t have to succumb to it.