Drug abuse and the holidays are frequent partners in a way that can be very devastating to many people. For example, you may have lost loved ones during this time and feel compelled to use substances to ease the pain of their memories. Thankfully, sober holidays don't have to be a distant memory. If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep yourself free of drugs this year. Doing so may help to fuel your lifelong sobriety. 1. Identify Your Abuse Triggers Abuse triggers are behaviors or situations that cause you to abuse substances. The holiday season is often full of them, such as: \tFinancial stress due to buying gifts \tPersonal depression and\u00a0anxiety caused by memories of those who have passed away \tPoor driving conditions in bad\u00a0winter weather \tMeeting family members who stress you out All of these influences make\u00a0sober holidays\u00a0much harder to handle. But when you identify your relapse and abuse triggers, you make it easier to manage them. In this way, you can prevent yourself from abusing drugs during the holidays. And for many,\u00a0dual-diagnosis rehab centers\u00a0may be needed here. 2. Find a Sober Buddy for the Season After you have figured out why you abuse during the holiday, you should find a sober buddy. These individuals help to track your potential abuse and keep you focused on sobriety. They can include a broad array of possible people, including: \tA friend or family member\u00a0going through sobriety care \tSomeone who usually doesn't drink or abuse drugs \tThose of strong character who knows how to make you behave \tAnyone who you trust to do right for your needs Once you have found a sober buddy \u2013 often, a spouse or lover can make a good sobriety partner \u2013 make sure they are around you as much as possible. This step helps to ensure that you don't run into any complications that make your sober holidays harder to manage. You may also find a sober buddy while in inpatient care for addiction. 3. Focus On Your Overall Health Now that you have some extra support for your sober holidays make sure that you also focus on your overall health. Addiction has a nasty way of making you sick or sapping you of your strength. So during the busy holiday season, learn how to relax. And\u00a0eat correctly to avoid causing excessive endorphin release that mimics addiction reactions. Critically, this means that you should avoid overeating too much during the holiday season. Often, this excessive eating can trigger drug or alcohol abuse by recreating conditions for past abuse. And you may also impact your overall recovery as well. Sometimes, entering into an\u00a0individual therapy program\u00a0or even a few weeks in an outpatient drug rehab center\u00a0may help you boost your physical health a bit more during the holidays. 4. Talk to Family Members About Your Recovery Lastly, you need to talk to your loved ones about your\u00a0sober holidays\u00a0to make sure that they understand what you are experiencing. This step can be a very hard one if they don't know you're having a substance abuse problem. However, it is critical to be as honest with them as possible. Let them know that you are trying to stay away from substances this year and that you need their support. For example, you may need to stay away from alcohol if you have an alcohol addiction. Talk to them about not offering your alcoholic drinks or pressuring you to use them. However, you may also want to stay away from alcohol even if you're addicted to other substances. Alcohol could trigger a relapse of these drugs\u00a0and maybe a behavioral problem that you need to avoid on your path towards lifelong sobriety. Don't Neglect Professional Help If you need help for your sober holidays this year, contact us at Promises Behavioral Health to learn more. Call to talk to one of our high-quality specialists. They can tell you more about our programs, including drug detox, rehab for professionals, non-12-step care, and much more. So please verify your insurance and get started on your path to ultimate high-quality addiction recovery.