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If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.

The holidays are a joyous yet stressful time. Medical News Today offers these tips for battling holiday stress:

1. Limit spending

Money issues are one of the leading causes of holiday stress. Avoid overspending by setting a budget and keeping in mind what’s really important about the season.

2. Manage expectations

Be realistic about your expectations — don’t expect everythng to go perfectly. You can only do so much; don’t overextend yourself.

Trying to achieve too much can take its toll on your mind and body, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.

3. Avoid overindulging

It’s okay to have some treats, but don’t overdo it or your guilt might lead to other indulgences.

4. Go for a walk

Exercise is a great stress antidote. Take a walk around the block to stabilize your mood.

5. Have some fun

Watch a funny holiday movie or play a game with your family. Leave the dishes in the sink and enjoy everyone’s company instead. Organize fun activities to boost laughter and reduce stress. Find something that makes you laugh.

Reducing stress in healthy ways will help you avoid a holiday relapse.


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For people with a history of substance abuse, there’s a risk that holiday activities might trigger a relapse. If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you.

To avoid relapsing into substance abuse over the holidays, Everyday Health suggests the following strategies:

 

Control stress

People sometimes use alcohol or illegal drugs to cope with stress. Consider more healthy ways of dealing with stress instead, like exercise.

Distract yourself

Bring a friend with you to parties to help you stay sober. Choose a spot far from the bar. Ask your host if he or she needs help cleaning up, cooking or taking coats.

Rehearse answers

Come up with and rehearse a reason for turning down alcoholic drinks so you don’t feel awkward in the moment.

Wait out your cravings

A craving only lasts about 20 minutes, so if you can stop yourself from immediately giving in, you should be able to wait it out. Think about what you have to lose by giving in.

Use your support system

Attend extra meetings of AA or other support groups during the holidays to stay on track. Call on friends and family members and others on the recovery journey when you feel yourself slipping.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction. Love Life Wellness offers holistic rehab, holistic yoga, drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.