• Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

4 Tips For Staying Clean and Sober This Christmas Season

Christmas is a beautiful time. Family time, dinner party’s, and friends are a familiar theme. But for some people, especially people in early recovery, holidays can trigger some rough memories and feelings.

If this is you, know that you are not alone.

I recall blurry holidays filled with inebriated episodes of self-centered chaos. My thirteen years of active addiction were layered with empty and depressed Holiday seasons. Whether I was surrounded with my family that loved me or willingly isolating myself while consuming whatever substances I could get my hands on, I was empty and alone and often questioning if living was worth it.

Now over eleven years into my journey of freedom and recovery and Christmas is filled with fun, family, and joyous gatherings. If you’re not there yet in your recovery, don’t worry, it gets easier.

I can now go to parties with people drinking and not have a second thought or be even remotely triggered. The same reality is available for you, but for now here are some simple and practical tips to remaining free and victorious during the next few weeks.

1- Stay Connected to God

God understands, and God wants your Christmas season to be special even more then you do. The power needed to remain strong this time of year is fully available. Your part, spend time with The One who has all the power.

We all need downtime, but are you isolating or relaxing? Granted this year has forced many of us into isolation, we can still be intentional and step outside of our comfort zone to connect with friends and family.

Isolation can position you to stew in some dangerous mindsets. PICK UP THE PHONE! Call someone else in recovery, they want to help. Much of recovery is learning to do the right thing whether you feel like it or not.

It’s easy to do the right thing when you feel like it, but real change and recovery take place when you learn to do what you know you should do even if you don’t feel like doing it.

2- Go to meetings, and/or be around people that understand what you’re going through.