Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?
The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For those of us in recovery, however, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a time of increased anxiety, temptation, and potential backsliding.
The holiday season has a unique ability to bring out the best and the worst in people. There’s an increased focus on family, friends, and social interaction during this time. However, increased stress, unexpected triggers, and unrealistic expectations can quickly outweigh the positive qualities of the season.
What Makes the Holidays So Difficult During Recovery?
For those of us in recovery, holiday stress can cause dormant behaviors to re-emerge. That’s because people tend to return to old habits during times of increased stress.
While keeping an alcohol- and drug-free home is essential to your recovery success, that might not be the case for the rest […]