The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, especially if you’re recently sober after completing treatment at a dual diagnosis treatment center. For many people, addiction arises from the inability to cope with stresses, often turning to drugs, alcohol, or other substances in an attempt to cope. The stress of the holidays can make things worse, with many people having a difficult time coping with holiday stress. You can stay sober over the holidays, and you can safely cope with any stresses. Our comorbid disorder treatment center, Excel Behavioral Health, offers holiday sobriety tips and tips for a stress-free holiday.

Tips on Staying Sober for the Holidays

At Excel Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult the holidays can be. Coping with holiday stress can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to stay sober for the holidays. Here are tips from our team at Excel Behavioral Health for coping with holiday stress and staying sober:

  • Don’t hold your feelings in. Studies show that stress can be a major problem for families, and this stress is often internalized by everyone in the family [1]. When stress is internalized, it can result in even worse problems, such as addiction. So instead of bottling up problems, find a healthy release. Remember, the weather can affect your mood
  • Focus on the fun. There are plenty of sober holiday activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Start new sober holiday traditions for sober holiday fun. Sober holiday activities include caroling, decorating, and crafts.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. If there are certain situations or people that are triggering, avoid those situations so you can stay sober for the holidays. You can also develop safe coping techniques to face these people or situations without relapsing.

The holidays can be particularly stressful when it comes to sobriety, and the winter weather can affect mood as well. With these holiday sobriety tips, we hope that you’ll have a safe, sober, and healthy holiday season!

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