Our drug rehabilitation program offers 10 holiday tips for staying sober this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Tip 1: Avoid Alcohol-Centered Occasions.
If you know a particular Memorial Day party, picnic or barbecue will be focused on alcohol or other substances, it’s best to avoid this event altogether. Remember that exposing yourself to triggers can be a fast way to relapse. It does not have to happen immediately but it can start the process for such an event in the near future.
Tip 2: Plan Your Own Event.
Plan a Memorial Day event so you can control the atmosphere as well as the guest list, ensuring there will be no substances or substance abuse at your party.
Tip 3: Make the Holiday a Family Day.
Center the holiday on family and participate in kid-friendly and family-friendly activities to reduce the temptation for substance use.
Tip 4: Go to a Support Group Meeting.
As learned in your drug rehabilitation program, attend a support group meeting during times when your recovery needs an added push of strength.
Tip 5: Reach Out to Your Sponsor.
Make contact with your sponsor for an extra push of support and guidance.
Tip 6: Volunteer.
Volunteer at an organization or event for Memorial Day to take your mind off of temptation and to reach out and help others.
Tip 7: Spend Time with Your Closest Supporters.
Surround yourself with the people who support you most to get through the holiday with the most strength and continued success.
Tip 8: Review and Update Your Relapse Prevention Plan.
At your drug rehabilitation program, you created relapse prevention strategies. What better time to review and update your relapse prevention strategies then the holiday weekend? This can strengthen and encourage your recovery as you realize your specific steps for maintaining a successful recovery from substance abuse and addiction.
Tip 9: Make it a Weekend of Health.
Transform your Memorial Day weekend into a weekend of health. Take advantage of the additional time off of work and create a fun and focused fitness plan for the weekend. Try a new workout, go to a different place to run than usual or even try out healthy, delicious recipes you’ve never had the chance to before.
Tip 10: Utilize the Services Offered by Your Drug Rehabilitation Program
Take advantage of the aftercare services of your drug rehabilitation program such as alumni activities and alumni support group meetings during this holiday weekend for a safe, healthy and therapeutic way to spend the time.
If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today. Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.