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5 Coping Strategies To Get Through The Holidays During Addiction Reovery


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For many Americans, the holidays are one of the greatest times of the year. However, for those undergoing heroin addiction treatment, the holidays aren't always holly and jolly. Stressors such as increased social gatherings, financial difficulties, and troublesome family members can sometimes lead to roadblocks or even relapse.

What's more, the holidays may even cause greater problems for those suffering from heroin addiction who have yet to seek opiate treatment. Fortunately, there are ways you can help reduce stress and prevent relapse during the holiday season.

  1. Don't go to the party if you don't want to
    There are dozens of social gatherings that happen around the holiday season. There are work parties, get-togethers with friends, and pre-holiday family reunions. Don't feel the need to go to every social gathering. Go to the ones you want to go to.

  2. Talk to your therapist about any mental health problems
    The holidays are a difficult time for those who are suffering from depression, grief, or unresolved feelings from a past relationship. By talking to your therapist, a professional at your methadone rehab center, or a supportive family member can help you feel better prepared to handle your illness and/or emotions should they arise during the holiday season.

  3. Plan for uncomfortable questions
    Not all family members are supportive and understanding. Have a plan of action for uncomfortable or awkward questions that may otherwise leave you feeling stressed. If a topic of conversation comes up around you that you're not comfortable with, know that you can leave the room at any time.

  4. Know the details of the locations you're visiting
    Before you accept an invitation to a holiday party at a friend's house, ask for the details. Areas, where you've used substances in the past with friends, can often be triggering for those in heroin addiction treatment.

  5. Talk to those who've made it through before
    Up to 591,000 people suffered from heroin addiction in 2015. While this number may be staggering, it means there are those who've gone through what you're going through. Talk to fellow patients in your methadone treatment program or friends who've made it through recovery. They may have stress-relief strategies to help reduce the risk of relapse.

For those addicted to heroin and other opiates, the holidays can be a trying time. You're not the only one experiencing these challenges. For addiction support during the holiday season and year-round, contact a methadone rehab center near you.

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