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Monday, November 21, 2011

Recovering addicts: Avoiding triggers during the holidays

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The holidays for some addicts may be a great challenge to deal with. Parties, family gatherings, the availability of alcohol and other substances can really push a recovering addict to the breaking point. However, the holidays can also offer a unique opportunity for a recovering addict to speak to and make amends with family and friends that may have been hurt or affected by their addiction. *If you live in South Carolina and would benefit from additional family counseling regarding addiction be sure to see the link at the bottom of this article.

An addict in recovery should also be prepared for some backlash, and family members that may drink too much themselves, and suddenly be confrontational. In those situations, it is better to diffuse the situation by leaving than to engage in anything that will be emotionally upsetting as this can all to easily lead to a relapse. Recovering addicts should also be mindful of the fact that there may be family and friends that are potential “triggers.” These may be the people that the addict used to party with, get high with, or even enable them to obtain illegal substances.

It is important for the recovering addict to choose how to deal with the holidays wisely. If it means avoiding those types of situations, then it has to be. Sobriety has to take priority over all else. Plan a separate family get together in an environment that you can control to help. Hosting family gatherings during the holidays in public places, or at your own home may be a help. This way you can avoid triggers, and situations that could impact your sobriety in a negative way.

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