How to get through the festive season with an addiction
Christmas can be a difficult time for families coping with addiction. The Rutland Centre has published advice for those who are struggling.
• Find your nearest support meetings - make sure you know where the nearest support meeting is taking place and when.
• Amuse yourself. Beware of boredom.
• Make sure your phone has credit, make sure you have phone numbers of people you can rely on, and make that call.
• Indicate clearly what you intend to do at the beginning of an event, for example 'I am not drinking alcohol, thanks but I'd love a soft drink.' Be clear and unapologetic.
• Lie. Do not lie to test yourself - remember, there is no such thing as 'just the one drink' or 'just the one bet.'
• Yuletide cheer - drink something other than non-alcoholic beer or wine. The drinking ritual paired with the smell and taste of alcohol can trigger a desire to drink an alcoholic beverage. Have a mineral, a soft drink, or a tea / coffee.
Looking out for someone continuously can be tiring. Family members should look out for themselves and others in the mail. Try to make the house and environment a safe place and temptation-free. Remember, you are not on your own. Contact helplines.
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