If you are newly sober, you may be worried about surviving the Christmas period. Christmas is a time when most people are out and about at parties and other social events where alcohol will be in full flow. Even a visit to friends or family members at this time of year might mean being offered the obligatory glass of mulled wine. So how will you stay sober with all this temptation around?
It is hard to avoid alcohol at Christmas; almost every TV programme shows people getting together and enjoying a glass of wine, and adverts on the television will show offers for multi-buys on boxes of beer or spirits. However, if you are determined to stay sober, then it is possible to do so and to have an enjoyable Christmas at the same time.
Focus on Your Reason for Quitting
There is obviously a reason you gave up alcohol in the first place. This substance changed the way your brain functioned, and it affected you and your family in a negative way. Remember what life was like when you were controlled by alcohol and you were under pressure because your family were always looking at you for signs of addiction
? How much better life is now that you no longer suffer from hangovers or blackouts.
Maybe you quit alcohol because of the adverse effect it was having on your family, or because your doctor advised you that continuing to drink could be harmful to your health. The reason you quit in the first place should still be relevant and ought to be enough to keep you motivated to stay sober.
If you are attending support meetings as part of your recovery programme, then make a point of visiting them over the Christmas period. Support groups are an excellent way to keep motivated at this time of year. There are bound to be others who are feeling the same way as you, and by sharing your emotions and feelings, you can support each other through this tough time.
Spend Time with Your Family
Christmas is a time to spend with family, and the support of those you love is vital at this time of year. Enjoy sober activities such as movie nights with the children or sitting down to play some board games. There are many things you can do that do not involve alcohol, including going to the cinema or taking a walk in the countryside. There are also some fantastic Christmas markets around the country where you can enjoy some delicious foods and a nice hot chocolate!
Get a Sober Companion
If you must attend parties over the festive season, it would be wise to take a sober companion with you. This could be a close friend or family member who is prepared to support you by abstaining from alcohol too. This person will encourage you to stay sober despite the fact that alcohol is flowing, and you will not feel like the odd one out while everyone else is drinking. And as everyone else starts to get drunk, you might even be glad of the fact that you are no longer drinking; at least you know you will not have a hangover the next morning. And you will not be worried about anything inappropriate you might have said or done.
Staying sober can be difficult at Christmas, but it is not impossible. If you are enjoying your new sober life, then working a little bit harder at this time of year will be well worth it.