It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season is a time that many look forward to since, well, the last holiday season. Family time, presents, jolly music, good food and the hope of a winter wonderland, many people deem this their favorite time of the year. But with the holiday season also comes increased triggers and risk for relapse. It’s important to be aware of and prepare for holiday relapse triggers so that you can enjoy this time wholly and safely.
For those who are at increased risk for substance use disorder (SUD) or potential relapse, knowing and preparing for additional stress and relapse triggers ahead of time is a crucial first step in enjoying the holiday season.
Increased Holiday Relapse Triggers
While the holiday season is full of joy and celebration, it also brings increased stress and potential for encountering relapse triggers. Each person is unique – and therefore each person’s triggers and inclination to them is different as well. However, there are a few common relapse triggers associated with the holiday season that everyone should be aware of.
Common Holiday Relapse Triggers
As we approach the holiday season, there are a few different common holiday relapse triggers to be aware of and prepare in advance for:
Facing Relapse Triggers
While there are certainly other triggers that can arise, these are among the most common that you may encounter. Working with your treatment team to identify your personal triggers is an important part of treatment.
Even on a day-to-day basis, an individual’s capacity for dealing with relapse triggers varies. The key to maintaining sobriety is to evaluate your capacity for handling those triggers and utilizing the coping mechanisms you learned throughout treatment.
Advanced Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one is battling SUD, contact our team at Wellbridge today to discuss treatment. We recognize the increased levels of stress that the holidays bring and want to work with you ahead of time to prepare so that you can enjoy this time of year to the fullest.