The holidays are a great opportunity to spend much needed time with your loved ones and to show appreciation for those who have championed you on your journey. But the holiday season can also be very stressful. Among the various family parties and celebrations, it can quickly become high-risk for those trying to maintain their sobriety.

You probably don’t want to miss out on the festivities, nor should you! There are many things that can help you keep on track and not lose what you have worked so hard on.

Recovery is not an easy process. And it’s not something that can be done with one simple step. Getting sober is only one part of a lifelong journey, and it can seem daunting to face that.

Recovery programs are there to help you stay on track, away from the chaos of everyday life. They are beneficial in providing tips and solutions that will make your recovery smoother. But, they can even do much more than that for some people. Most times, people come out with more appreciation for the world around them, great friendships, and an overall clearer headspace.

Tackling an addiction is only the first step. Avoiding all the triggers going forward is another story. The reality is, triggers will be everywhere. There’s no way to completely isolate yourself from the rest of the world (nor should you), but there are ways that you can help yourself stay on track and reject old habits.

You earned your sobriety and you deserve to be happy, without constant worrying about what may trigger you next. Here are some things to consider in order to make things easier for you.

The road to recovery is only one step toward a more positive, fulfilling future ahead. But it is a great leap forward, so you should be proud of yourself for that achievement alone. After recovery, it is important for you to have a solid group of people surrounding you. You may find that many of the people you once called your loved ones have drifted away from you because of your addictive behaviour. This is common and caused by the lack of trust that happens during your addiction. It is not uncommon for your family and friends to look at you with resentment, even after you have done all the work to better yourself and come out successful in your recovery.

Recognizing your addictive behaviours is one thing, moving forward in an attempt to overcome them is another. For some, it is a possibility that they will never recognize these behaviours. That does not mean that you are not desiring a healthier, satisfying lifestyle where addiction is out of the equation; It might just require more dedication to solving the issue.