Coping Strategies 101:
Taking the Mystery Out of Holiday Sobriety
Contributed by Ann Beamer-East, MS, CAC
It happened without fail. Every year, for over ten years, it happened. As an adolescent drug and alcohol therapist, I learned to brace myself for the onslaught of phone calls, drop-in visits and tears during the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Day. No matter how I was informed about lost sobriety, the downhearted message was almost always the same: “I just could not stay clean over the holidays.”
As courageous and honest as such admissions are, it would be more accurate – and more empowering – to simply say, “I did not stay clean over the holidays.” Claiming that one “could not” stay clean only increases self-doubt, fosters a sense of weakness and diminishes personal responsibility for more effectively applying coping strategies the next time around. In reality, there are scores of recovering alcoholics and addicts who have learned how to successfully maintain sobriety year-round. There is no reason why anyone who sincerely wants to stay clean throughout the holiday season absolutely must relapse. No one is immune to relapse, but no one is helpless either!
Read More on The Mystery of Holiday Sobriety in our 2012 Year End Newsletter
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