Thanksgiving should be a time of giving thanks and gratitude, but for the addict or alcoholic new in recovery, it can be a time of fear and worry. When preparing to go see your loved ones for Thanksgiving, it’s always good to make sure your emotions are in check. Learn how stress affects your body and how to manage your stress and anxiety symptoms before you attend. Sometimes seeing family (especially if they’re drinking) can quickly become a stressful situation if not prepared for it.You want to make sure that your Thanksgiving recipe for sobriety is the best that you can make it. First off, you will need to get all your ingredients in order.This homemade Thanksgiving recipe will help you with tips to stay clean and sober for the holiday. Combining all of the ingredients will make for one memorable Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Recipe For Sobriety
5 handfuls of gratitude: write out a list of five things you are grateful for.
1 bottle of alcohol-free sparkling cider: this step is optional in your Thanksgiving recipe, but it could add a little spice to the social aspect of your sobriety for the day. If needed, go get a bottle of sparkling cider and pop that bad boy open. It’s not that you have to pretend you’re drinking, but having a non-alcoholic beverage while still feeling classy could bring down your anxiety levels and keep your hands and mouth occupied.
A dash of stress and anxiety management: meditation is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
1-2 escape plan(s): have a way out if the situation becomes uncomfortable.
12 step meetings: find a twelve step meeting in the area where you plan to spend the holiday.
2-5 sober supports: let your support know how you feel, where you are going, and if a sober support can attend with you, all the better.
A pinch of open-mindedness, willingness, and honesty: be honest and open with others about how you feel. Make sure that you have talked with your clean and sober support about the Thanksgiving dinner you plan to attend to make sure it’s the best decision to go or not. Be aware that you may feel the urge to want to pick up or drink. There is nothing wrong with craving a drink or a drug; it’s the nature of the disease of addiction. It’s what you do with your craving that matters the most. Your willingness to follow suggestions and stay clean and sober will help. This is why it’s so important to have all your ducks in a row, so to speak.
Thanksgiving Recipe For Happiness
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and spending time with the people you love. If you aren’t able to see your family for Thanksgiving, check in your local area and see what sober activities are happening. The best Thanksgiving recipe for happiness is to find a local 12 step club house and see if they’re holding a holiday dinner or party. Reach out to people and find support to make it through the holiday. If you are struggling, feel free to give us a call at The Watershed and speak to an addiction specialist. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help those struggling with their recovery.
Have A Happy Thanksgiving!
If you don’t have all of your ingredients for your Thanksgiving recipe, take the time now to make sure your foundation in your program of recovery is firm. Relapse is usually not an overnight matter; it takes time to build up to picking up. This is why sharing with other addicts/alcoholics, meditation, steps, and a solid working program of recovery are suggested to help fight against the desire to pick up at a holiday celebration. Addicts and alcoholics can enjoy the holidays too. We here at The Watershed wish you a Happy and Sober Thanksgiving!Tags: clean and sober, disease of addiction, fun thanksgiving recipes, Holidays, how to, Recovery, sobriety, staying sober for the holidays, Stress, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Recipe