Surviving the Holidays Part 4: Drug Addiction

Surviving the Holidays, Part 4: Drug Addiction

This is the 3rd part of a series on surviving the holidays for those suffering from addiction, eating disorders and other mental health issues. 

Drug addiction can be very difficult around the holidays. Everyone is celebrating and going to parties, something a drug addict almost certainly associates with using. While this can be triggering, there are still ways a recovering addict can enjoy the holiday season without relapsing. Aside from the obvious, not taking drugs, there are a few steps to help the former addicts maintain their recovery. 

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Surviving the Holidays Part 3: Alcoholism

Surviving the Holidays, Part 3: Alcoholism

This is the 3rd part of a series on surviving the holidays for those suffering from addiction, eating disorders and other mental health issues. 

Alcoholics can find the holidays to be a very trying time. The season is filled with alcoholic drinks, foods and plenty of temptation. That makes some alcoholics retreat from festivities but there is no need to hide yourself away if you follow our five steps. 

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Surviving the Holidays, Part 2: Depression

Surviving the Holidays, Part 2: Depression

This is the 2nd part of a series on surviving the holidays for those suffering from addiction, eating disorders and other mental health issues. 

The holidays can be very hard for depressed people. For people who struggle to get out of bed in the morning, facing a whole day of crowds, cooking and other holiday activities can seem overwhelming. Despite this, there are ways someone with depression can enjoy their holidays, it just takes some preparation. 

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Surviving the Holidays, Part 1: Eating Disorders

The holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness, when families get together to celebrate. However, for people suffering from a mental illness, the holidays can be full of stress, temptation and anxiety as they try to deal with their specific issues.

Life Works has compiled a list of holiday tips to help those who may be suffering enjoy the holiday season.  This series has four sections: eating disorders, depression, alcohol and drugs. Use the following these tips to help yourself or someone you love get through season without regret or relapse. 

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H.A.L.T. & H.O.W.

Relapse Prevention - HALT and HOWThis is not some tricky code that we are inviting you to decipher, but rather, catchy acronyms that, if applied, can be instrumental in relapse prevention. Those in addiction recovery will be perhaps testify to the importance of taking care of the four basic needs contained in HALT, by regularly taking a moment to assess whether one is feeling ; Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Similarly, approaching recovery with an attitude of Honesty, Openness, and Willingness, will undoubtedly support the journey of lifelong sobriety. Naturally, it does not end there, but it is worth noting that some of the simplest truisms, if integrated, often carry the greatest potential for transformation, and not just for people in recovery.

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The Truth of Relapse Prevention

the truth behind relapse preventionRelapse often seems to sneak up on people, leaving them feeling scared, hopeless, and helpless. The key is understanding how relapse works – without that, we can’t understand relapse prevention.

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