What should I do if I relapse during the holidays?

Question: What should I do if I relapse during the holidays?

The holidays can be one of the most difficult times for those of us in recovery. We’re getting invited to employee Christmas parties and other family and friend events where drinking is expected. And sometimes we relapse almost accidentally, maybe because we just want to fit in with those around.

So what can you do if you relapse? Is your entire recovery ruined?

The good news is that a relapse doesn’t need to derail your journey. Instead, talk about it! Go to a meeting, call your sponsor, and “get back on the horse.”

Children fall down when they first start to walk; riders fall off when they first learn how to ride a horse. But those who learn and succeed will always get back up. Relapse happens, we just need to pick ourselves back up and move on.

“Get back on the horse” – Gayle, Duffy’s Counselor

If you have an urge to drink or use, be sure to talk about it. The worst thing you could do is to bottle up your thoughts and feelings. Tell your family, your sponsor, or your friend and they will help you.

“Don’t hold those secrets in or try to do it yourself.” – Gayle