Sunday 22 April 2018

How to get through the festive season with an addiction

Advice is available to help those with an addiction to cope at Christmas
Advice is available to help those with an addiction to cope at Christmas

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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