THe holiday season and booze normally go together. Around Christmas, it’s evident from the leap in wine sales and alcohol-related advertisements, in addition to the seasonal spike in emergency room (ER) visits. Unfortunately, for men and women who are on the road to sobriety, Christmas and New Year Eve could be the most challenging times of the year.
So as to not appear a spoilsport and dull, patients undergoing recovery often give into the pressure to have a couple of drinks during celebrations. While undergoing the stringent routine of alcohol addiction treatment, such interruptions can seriously affect the entire treatment and ruin the chances of sobriety.
With alcohol being an essential part of most celebrations, those undergoing recovery from alcohol dependence might be pushed to steer clear of them.
Everyone is drinking: Be it popular sitcoms or advertisements, alcohol is one of the predominant elements all over. The supermarket aisles bombarded with all the bottles of wine at attractive discounts tempt customers into purchasing more than what is required. Based on Dr. Paul McLaren, consultant psychiatrist and medical director at the Priory Hayes Grove and the Priory Ticehurst House, this a clever ploy to convince people that alcohol is an essential part of Christmas and New Year. In such a scenario, the temptations of alcoholism on the sly are inordinately high.
Stinging pain of loneliness: Though ideally a supply pleasure, family gathering can be stressful for all those who are on the road to recovery. Generally, recovering patients lose out on the fun and festivity during get-togethers. Unlike others who drink sometimes, they can’t touch a single drop of alcohol. The majority of the recovery patients restrict themselves during parties due to the awareness of the fact that a glass of beverage can trigger the issue of excessive drinking. Alcoholism is a disease and the only cure is abstinence. Because of this, even harmless drinks, such as eggnog or fruit punch, including small amounts of alcohol, are ruled out for those aiming to remain sober.
Difficulty in saying ‘no’ to alcohol: Alcohol is as mainstream as coffee in the American society. Whenever a youngster comes of age and transitions from junior to high school, there’s a rite of passage where alcohol is involved. However, unlike java that does not result in overdosing, alcohol is an addictive substance that might lead to dependence and fatal overdosing.
Attain sobriety by participating in support groups
For those undergoing alcohol dependence treatment, it is vital to take help from support groups during the festive season. Interestingly, during Christmas and around this time, support groups are more active as people find it more challenging to remain sober in this season. Some interesting tips to bypass booze parties during the holiday season:
Keeping mobile phone switched on will allow a person to talk to a close friend or sibling if he or she feels claustrophobic in binge parties.
Tonic water, which looks like gin tonic, can be a face-saver if one is questioned needlessly about what he or she is drinking.
If one is in the early days of recovery, it is better to prevent all such parties as the memories and temptations related to drinking are stronger.
Maintaining the keys of the car handy will make a hasty exit simpler in the event of an emergency. This could happen when one gets the premonition that the party may soon lead to binge drinking.
Becoming an active member of the online communities where people have a common goal – recovery from alcoholism – is really beneficial. Tips shared with the members of online communities could be a savior when one is hard-pressed to consume alcohol. Once one is involved in a hobby, it is unlikely he or she will find himself or herself ruminating about alcohol.
A strenuous activity is equally useful when one is befuddled about how to come clean. Going for a jog or a brisk walk may help clear the confusion.