Staying off Drugs around the Holidays

If you're a recovering drug addict, it can be difficult to stay away from drugs, especially when times are stressful or partying is abundant like around the holidays. Depending on your situation, you may find it beneficial to sign up for an educational drug class, especially an online one that can help you through the holidays. Below, you will find tips on how to avoid drugs this holiday season. Remember to make wise, disciplined and informed decisions.

Take a Buddy

If you plan on attending an event or party this holiday season, take a friend with you that can help you avoid temptation. Ask if your friend is willing to help and then yield to his or her lead. If the temptation is too great, suggest leaving and allow your friend to guide you to a better place.

Practice Saying "NO!"

If you feel as if you'll be approached and asked to use drugs over the holidays, then practice saying "no" in a strong and confident way. It's helpful to have a plan and a phrase prepared such as, "not today, under the weather" or "thank you, but I've quit for now". This way, you won't be caught off guard.

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk

If the holidays are creating stress and making it even harder to avoid drugs, then seek out someone you can talk to. Sometimes, it's healthy to release strong feelings in a helpful way*. If you find yourself struggling to find someone helpful, then consider talking to an AA member, religious person, or therapist. Talking out loud and getting support, could help you find relief and put things into perspective.

Avoid Certain Places and People

If you're trying to avoid using drugs, then stay away from specific areas and people. For example, if you know drugs will be at a party or event you've been invited to, than don't attend. If there are friends in town who enjoy using drugs, then politely avoid seeing them unless they will be supportive. If you're not around drugs, there is less chance of you using them.

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

You may find it difficult to stay sober during the holidays. If so, it's good to be aware of yourself, your thoughts, and your behaviors. Watch yourself closely and see who is in control, you or the drug. If you've already gotten into trouble with the law, then enroll in our online drug classes. Stay safe and healthy!