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Steering clear during the Holidays.

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The holidays are a time of love, happiness and time with loved ones. For some undergoing addiction recovery, can find this time as an invitation to old habits. For some overeaters, the food can be overwhelming. For alcoholics that holiday egg-nog might not be such a good idea. It is important to be in touch with the warning signs of relapse during the holiday season.

Warning signs that your loved one might relapse include:

• Avoidance of normal activities

• Pulling back from 12-step meetings

• Cessation of meetings with sponsors

• Mood swings and irritability

• Suspicious behavior, secrecy and white lies

• Disappearing for a period of time

• Missing finances

• Emotional distancing from loved ones

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When a loved one is coming home from treatment is is important for the ones closest to them to remember:

• They are not fixed or cured.

• They should not be automatically trusted.

• They should completely support their loved one’s involvement in a 12-step group.

• They should pursue family therapy.

• They should consider third-party monitoring so as not to become the “sober police.”

• They should encourage and monitor continued outpatient care.

• They should remove all alcohol and drugs from the house.

• They need to realize that the person coming home is not the only one who has to make lifestyle changes.

Sober people are often confronted with drinking and using situations during the holiday season for the first time since they began their recovery journey. You have to be able to remember how it was. You must be able to acknowledge that was truly a painful time in your life. Enjoy your time with friends and family. Remember whats most important to you this holiday season.

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Written by Daniel

July 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm