addiction recovery Tag

By the time I entered New Life House, I had become afflicted by full-blown alcoholic insanity. In short, this is the stage of use when the consequences of my drinking and using were not a matter of if, but when.

While the hope is certainly that you and your loved ones have stayed sober throughout the holidays, the unfortunate reality is that holiday relapse is common. The various pressures and expectations associated with the holidays can be difficult on addicts and alcoholics in recovery, especially if one is new to sobriety. If someone finds themselves disconnected and relapsing during the holidays, what can be done to “get back on the wagon” in the beginning of the new year?

While triggers can occur anytime, the holidays are often a particularly difficult time of year for those in recovery from addiction. The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time for loved ones to celebrate together. For some, the holidays cause stress and bring up negative emotions. What are the most common addiction relapse triggers during the holidays?

Happy Holidays! The festivities are here again but this year has changed for me dramatically in addiction recovery. Before, each year as time went by, the holidays became less and less appealing, as I sank deeper and deeper into the introverted and secluded life that was my using.

The road to recovery for me has been a long one. I was sixteen the first time I tried to get sober and twenty-five when I entered rehab this last time.

I am not an addiction expert, specialist, nor a psychologist. I am simply a parent…a mother of an addict in recovery. I have no profound words like Oprah, but I do have a story to share, not about my son’s journey, but mine.

Addiction recovery means it’s occasionally necessary to admit to ourselves that, “We’re wrong!” “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” –Ezra T. Benson. Abandoning pride and humbly listening to feedback beget more personal growth.
Addiction recovery and the oversized coffee cup go hand-in-hand.  For most people, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning is somewhat of a necessity. Having a soft drink or some iced tea at lunch is typical, and popping into your local coffee shop later in the day for a latte is just what we do.