Resolutions and goals. Parties, family and alcohol. It is that time of year, again.
Approximately 50 percent of the population makes resolutions each New Year. Among the top resolutions are weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, better money management and debt reduction.” – Psychology Today
The excitement of a resolution can die off quickly.
Making resolutions work involves changing behaviors—and in order to change a behavior, you have to change your thinking (or “rewire” your brain).” – Psychology Today
This can be a very challenging time of year for those struggling with sobriety. The risk of relapse is high anytime of year, but during the holiday season, the risk rises.
New Year’s Eve is a drinking holiday like no other.” – The Fix
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can come out on the other side of what can be challenging months with your recovery journey still moving forward. But it isn’t as easy as just hoping to make it through our trying to white knuckle it.
You need a plan BEFORE the relapse triggers flood you with their intruding thoughts. We at Beauterre want to encourage you to read these tips, find what is most helpful for you and make a plan.
Below are links that we believe might help to help you in your recovery journey and continue to keep your sobriety in the new year.
Beauterre is also here as a resource if you need help. Our phone number is:
May your holiday be sober, mindful, and restful.
Beauterre Recovery Institute
10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapse
Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
The Lure of Substance Abuse Relapse During Holidays
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