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