Although Christmas is often considered the most wonderful time of the year, for recovering addicts, it can be incredibly challenging and daunting, especially when it comes to remaining dedicated to a life of sobriety.

Remaining sober during the holidays can be tough, with many social activities revolving around alcohol and getting merry.

The good news is, there are lots of ways you can stay on the road to recovery during the festive period while still enjoying lots of fun and good cheer.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining how you can enjoy sober holidays and the magic of Christmas, without turning to alcohol or drugs.

Change your focus

The power of your mind should not be underestimated – when you change your focus, great things can truly happen.

This includes changing your mindset around celebrating what is important during the festive season. Remember, Christmas isn’t about drinking but rather about spending time with loved ones, reflecting and giving meaningful gifts.

Avoid any potential triggers

The key to avoiding a relapse during the holidays is to avoid the people, places and conversations that could lead you back down the wrong track again.

Plan your response in advance and plan your time over Christmas. Remember, saying no to situations which could trigger a relapse isn’t selfish. You’ve worked so hard to reach this point and it’s important you put yourself first.

Keep busy

The festive season is one of the busiest times of the year and there are plenty of things to enjoy aside from drinking alcohol.

From making Christmas wreaths and enjoying wintry walks through to spending time with your nearest and dearest while enjoying festive activities, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy.

Do something new

A great way to remain on the road to recovery is to try something new. Find new hobbies, learn a new skill, or immerse yourself in a new sport. Why not spend some time volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping out in your local community?

Christmas is the perfect time to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.

Reflect and renew

Finally, the holidays provide a great opportunity to spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve in the new year. Set yourself goals and map out how you’re going to achieve them.

Whether you want to rebuild relationships with your family and friends, explore something new, get fit or embark on a new career, a new year is a perfect opportunity to fully embrace a fresh start.

Start planning for a future that excites you.

At ANA, we work closely with our clients to help rebuild their lives, gain confidence and self-worth and believe that they can live a healthy, responsible, and productive life, free of addictive substances.

Contact ANA today, our friendly team is on hand and ready to help.