Don’t let the “Virus Isolation and Holiday Frustration” risk your Recovery – 10 Tips
by Life Continues
10 Tips: Don’t let the “Virus Isolation and Holiday Frustration” risk your Recovery
We all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2020 isn’t like your grandma used to have. The virus is forcing isolation. Isolation is the enemy of recovery. But you’ve fought bigger enemies before this in your recovery. You can do this!
It’s YOUR recovery. Outside forces cannot impact YOUR recover. Believe it & live it!
Make a plan! You know when the triggers will happen. Be prepared with a list of fun family activities that can be done without alcohol.
Stay in close contact with your coach, peer or sponsor! Be open about your concerns and stressors.
Bring your own beverages & avoid conversations about alcoholic beverages. Bring something fun for yourself to drink.
Stay away from those who will bring you down. Dodge the drunken uncle who wants you to have just little drink.
Connect with others to combat isolation. Phone calls, Zooms, Facetime, texting… use all the tools at your disposal to be part of community.
Amp up your meeting routine. Being together with your peers will help. They understand.
Proper eating, sleeping and relaxation should be maintained during these times. Stick with your healthy routine. Or maybe now is the time to start a healthy routine.
Serve someone. There are many opportunities to help others during the Holidays. Be part of making someone else’s holiday happy.
Have an early exit plan. Leave any parties & events early. When the booze really gets flowing, you need to get going.
Make this list your own. Make a holiday recovery plan and live it.
If you’re not in recovery, now is a great time. Talk with one of our coaches about first steps: