The holidays often bring people together to spend time sharing memories and having fun. In some families, alcohol is a significant component of the celebration. If you are working on sober living, you know this is a big risk for you. What can you do to avoid the worst outcome? It may come down to hosting your own event. Most people are not gathering in large groups this year due to COVID, but if you are newly sober, Crestview Recovery would like to offer a few tips for the holidays.
Know When to Say No
If you do not want to have alcohol at your event and it is becoming a problem for your family, it’s okay to simply cancel the event and host a smaller one with those who are important to you. Sometimes the work and stress that goes into this type of event may be too much for you to handle. Your family may need more time to work on healing, too.
Put yourself in a good position. Sometimes you may need to step back and get some help from your addiction treatment program in Oregon. If you are finding that sober living is very hard right now, do not wait to call to learn more about how treatment can help you.
When you need extra help for sober living or addiction prevention in Oregon, call us at Crestview Recovery. We’re here to help you with programs such as:
- Outpatient drug rehab
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Gender-specific rehab
- Telehealth intensive outpatient treatment program
Recognize the Importance of Sober Living
When it comes to holiday gatherings, your focus first needs to be on your goals of sober living. That’s a priority for you because it’s everything you have worked so hard for over the last few months and years. There should not be anything more important – including traditions or your great uncle’s wishes that should get in the way of your sober living goals.
How to Communicate Your Sober Living Goals with Family
How do you tell your family that you do not plan to have any alcohol at your celebration? There are a few things to keep in mind through this process with the help of an alcohol addiction rehab center.
- Let them know your plan with your invite. Make it clear from the start.
- If they don’t want to attend, that’s okay. No hard feelings.
- Encourage family that still want to get together with alcohol to do it another day.
- Tell your family this is important to you. Ask them to come, but don’t demand that they do.
- Enjoy those who are able to celebrate with you.
There are many reasons why a family member may not be willing to participate. It may simply be because they don’t understand your addiction or may not value the importance of your sober living goals. That’s okay because those that do care will be there.
Removing the Struggle from Your Oregon Holiday Event
When it comes to staying sober during the holidays, a lot of that has to come from simply encouraging a positive celebration. That may mean you have to make some changes with who you invite and what you do during your celebrations. For example, if there is someone in attendance who triggers your desire to use, having them at the holiday table might not be a good idea if you are newly sober. You may even find yourself struggling with stress because of your fear of their presence. Don’t put yourself in these types of situations.
Choose Recovery by Calling Crestview Recovery Today
When it comes to sober living, there are a lot of steps you can take to improve your health. The most important is recognizing when you need help for your drug or alcohol addiction. At Crestview Recovery, our team is here to support you every step of the way. For treatment in Oregon, call 866.262.0531 or talk to us online.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.