Holidays add extra challenges to addiction recovery; difficult situations, emotions, and memories can all arise during the holiday season. To help keep your recovery first this holiday season and bring in the new year at your best, go into the holidays prepared. Being prepared involves making a plan for how you will handle difficult situations, whether that involves avoiding the situation all together, practicing refusal skills, or adapting your plans to better suit your needs. Additionally, reviewing coping skills, values, and goals can all help strengthen recovery as the holiday season approaches.
Kiersten Wenthold, SAC-IT, Intern