Women with drug, alcohol, shopping or other addictions can be vulnerable during the holidays, because it can be a very busy, stress-inducing time of year. It is important to tackle holiday stressors properly in order to effectively manage them without compromising recovery.
It is of foremost importance that women recovering from addiction avoid triggers. This can include a family member who triggers negativity, places that create temptation or friends who are not supportive of healthy living goals. In this lively time of partying and celebration, it is important for women to remember that it is perfectly okay to decline an invitation if it involves an environment with drugs, alcohol or other situations that make them uncomfortable or may trigger them. Some women may need to create a special plan for holiday shopping in order to avoid unnecessary spending.
Brookhaven Retreat encourages women to practice mindfulness about their surroundings during this time of year in order to avoid triggering situations or unnecessary anxiety and stress. If women begin to feel anxious about recovery during the holidays, they should take a time out, speak with their support system and practice self-care.
Continued health and wellness should be a top priority in order to get the most enjoyment out of this wonderful time of year and ensure continued recovery, health and happiness.