Niagara Gazette

Opinion

December 11, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Holidays can be hard on recovery

Niagara Gazette — Northpointe Council, Inc. would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season. When we think about this time of year, many people consider it a time for reflection; a time to think about or share with others the important things in life and realize all that we are grateful for. Over 20 million Americans are in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and this is certainly something to be thankful for.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., there is often a misunderstanding when it comes to the meaning of “recovery.” “Recovery” is often seen as “someone who is trying to stop using alcohol or other drugs.” In reality, recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is a complex and dynamic process encompassing all the positive benefits to physical, mental and social health that can happen when people with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, get the help they need.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to celebrate not only the holidays, but also the strength of those in recovery, which is something really worth celebrating.

For individuals in recovery from alcohol or other drugs, the holidays often present special challenges. Individuals in recovery know the importance of taking one day at a time to prevent relapse. During the holidays, they may have to take one minute at a time. Anyone who is trying to maintain sobriety understands that the holidays are filled with temptations and potential pitfalls, especially when the people around them may be drinking or using other drugs. There may be painful memories or losses associated with holidays from the past, or stress related to dealing with uncomfortable feelings about the holiday this year.

If you are in recovery, consider attending more meetings or reaching out for extra support to take care of yourself. You can also consider these additional tips:

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