How to stay on track with your recovery goals during the holidays

Groups Holiday Recovery Guide

The holidays can be tough for anyone, but especially for people in recovery. Being surrounded by people, places, and things that remind you of the past can be stressful and triggering. After all, for most of us, the holidays aren’t anything like a Hallmark movie. 

To help you stay grounded in your recovery and on track with your goals, download our free Groups Holiday Recovery Guide.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the guide:

How to practice self-care

The busy holiday season can pull you in a thousand directions with a thousand things demanding your time and attention. That’s why taking care of your personal needs is more important than ever.

The trouble is, it can be tough to remember what self-care looks like in the moment. In the Groups Holiday Recovery Guide, you’ll get tips for setting boundaries and a useful checklist to make sure you give yourself the care you need.

Remember: It’s not selfish or greedy to need self-care. Self-care is an important part of staying grounded, wherever you are on your recovery journey. Also, your self-care practices won’t be the same as others. Focus on activities that make you feel good and recharge your batteries the most. 

If you need extra support this holiday season, check out our list of online recovery support groups

How to set boundaries

When it comes to high-stress holiday situations involving your money, time, or less-than-favorite family members, firm boundaries can help. They can protect you from situations that may lead to negative thoughts and cravings. 

The Groups Holiday Recovery Guide will help you create boundaries for:

  • What conversations you won’t engage in
  • How much time you’re willing to spend with people
  • How much money you’re going to spend
  • What activities you won’t be around

Remember: Maintaining healthy boundaries is essential to staying grounded in your recovery goals. It may be uncomfortable to leave conversations and situations that cross your boundaries. But you’re doing it to prioritize what you need — not to offend or hurt others.

How to spot and manage cravings

Many people in recovery will use drugs after they’ve tried to stop. It’s all part of the journey. But the holidays can be especially triggering for people in recovery. 

The Groups Holiday Recovery Guide helps you understand what your triggers are, what thoughts can lead to cravings, and what you can do if cravings do happen. If you feel a craving coming on, you’ll have these strategies in your coping toolkit.

Looking for more Holiday Recovery Guide tips and advice?

Download the Groups Holiday Recovery Guide today for activities and advice designed to help you deal with holiday stress and triggers. For all your good days, bad days, and the holidays, Groups is here to support you in your recovery journey.

Not a Groups member? We have a seat saved for you! Call (888) 531-3905 to start your recovery today.

As a Groups member, you get 

  • Quick access to Suboxone treatments to help you feel better.
  • Weekly group therapy with a trained counselor so you can learn new coping skills.
  • A community of local members who get what you’re going through.
  • Support getting the things you need to thrive, including housing, health care, food, jobs, childcare, transit, and more.

You don’t have to face the holidays alone. Get the resources you need to help you stay grounded in your recovery tips at Groups Recover Together.

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