What Makes Holidays So Tough for Those with Addictions?
For anyone with addictions, one of the toughest times of the year is around the holidays. Whether that is 4th of July, Christmas, Thanksgiving or another holiday, they are just tough. If you want to help an addict in their recovery, it is helpful to know why the holidays are so difficult for them. There may be different reasons for different times of the years. You can get to know them and find out their personal reasons. However, here are some of the most common reasons holidays are tough for those with addictions.
Emphasizing Alcohol and Food
Many parties and events will emphasize alcohol and food. When someone with an addiction goes to the parties or events, they may feel triggered to use again. If you want to help an addict overcome this, you can hold parties or events at your home without any alcoholic beverages. This can help them to see that doesn’t have to be the center of the event.
During the parties or events, everyone is all over the place. The focus is not directly on one person. This means that the person with addictions has more of a chance to sneak drugs without being spotted. They could easily use the bathroom or go into another room and nobody would notice. If you want to help an addict, invite them to your home and put the focus on them as much as possible. You can even talk to the other party guests and see if they would be willing to keep the addict or recovering addict busy as well.
Another one of the many reasons why holidays may be tough for someone with addictions is because of the stress. They may be stressed because they are reminded of all the addictive behaviors they once portrayed during that time of the year in the past. The stress may come from all the parties and events they are invited to as well. If you want to help an addict overcome stress during the holidays, be sure give them as little responsibility with the scheduling as possible. Also don’t give them a difficult time if they show up late.
These are some of the reasons why holidays are so tough for those with addictions. Now that you are aware of this, you can help an addict stay clean during the toughest times of the year.