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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.

Find some alone time

Spending time alone can be fundamental for people trying to maintain their sobriety. And the holidays are very busy and fast-paced. So whether it is simple relaxation, exercise, hiking, reading, meditation, it’s important to carve out some time during the holidays that you can dedicate to yourself.

Be proactive at parties

This is your sobriety, so make sure you are being responsible about it. If you attend some gatherings, be sure to always watch over your drink. Don’t let others pour you anything, in the off chance that they accidentally give you liquor. It’s up to you to make sure you know what you have in your cup at all times.

Another good tip surrounding parties, and the holidays in general, is to just be upfront. Only if you’re comfortable doing so. Letting people know about your ongoing recovery will allow others to support you through this time.

Ditch the party idea

If you’re uncomfortable at parties or feel at risk, there are many other holiday activities that you can do with your loved ones. After all, sitting around and drinking can get a bit old. There are many fun options, such as skating, sledding, skiing, baking cookies, or even going to some annual holiday events in town. This could also be a great time to create a new family tradition that you can continue doing each year!

This is a hard time for many and can be a relief to get through, but you can do it! And remember, the new year is a great time to start fresh and set new goals. Best wishes!