The holidays are here again and that is a great thing. You are going to have fun with your loved ones and friends. However, if you have a loved one in recovery from an addiction or mental health disorder, you may want to help support them over the holidays, so they don’t relapse. The first thing to remember is that you aren’t responsible for their sobriety or recovery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do things to help them out this holiday season. 

If your loved one does need additional treatment or help this holiday season, please have them reach out to us here at Journey Pure today. Fortunately, there are also things that you and other family members can do to support your loved one in recovery over the holidays.

Ask Them How You Can Help Out

If your loved one is in recovery this holiday season, it might be beneficial for them if you ask how you can help out. For example, if they are holding a holiday get-together, maybe you can ask them what food or drinks you can bring or if you can help set things up before the event. By taking some of the load and stress off your loved one during this holiday season, you can support them in their recovery and help to reduce their risk of relapsing, too. 

Take Pressure Off from Them

Is your loved one usually the person who plans all the holiday get-togethers? If so, are they thinking about doing that this holiday season, even though they are in recovery from an addiction or mental health disorder? Don’t force them to let you take over, but offer your help instead. Maybe, you can recommend they hold the holiday party at your house this holiday season, that way there is less for them to do and less for them to clean up, as well. By taking the pressure off from your loved one, it could do wonders in helping them continue their sobriety and recovery this holiday season. 

Prepare Other Family Members

Another way that you can support your loved one in recovery over the holidays is to prepare other family members for what to do or say or what not to do or say. For example, if your spouse is in recovery from an addiction or mental health disorder, you can talk to your loved ones about how to handle things around your spouse this holiday season. Some of the things that you can prepare with your loved ones include:

  • Make sure they aren’t going to be drinking or using drugs around the person who is in recovery
  • Talk to your loved ones about conversations that might interest the person in recovery
  • Help them understand which behaviors or topics would be delicate to the person in recovery
  • Be sure they don’t try to convince the person in recovery that “just one” would be okay

If you can talk to your other family members or loved ones about what the person in recovery is going through, it can really help to support them this holiday season. 

Surround Your Loved One in Recovery with Support and Love 

If your loved one in recovery is going to be around this holiday season, be sure that you surround your loved one with support and love. They may be feeling down, stressed out or just need some encouragement around the holidays. You and other family members can be there as a support system to help them with all these things. 

In addition, your loved one in recovery may be having cravings and/or triggers this holiday season. By giving them support and love and just being there for them, you can greatly reduce their risk of having a relapse. 

Bring Positivity to the Holidays

Another way that you can support your loved one in recovery over the holidays is to bring positivity to the holidays. Has there been holidays in the past where people are in a bad mood or there just isn’t many fun things going on? If so, your loved one who is in recovery may need things to be a bit different this year. 

For example, maybe at Thanksgiving, you can go around the table and have everyone say what they are thankful for. During Christmas Eve or on Christmas, maybe even the adults could open stockings or have a Secret Santa system set up. These activities could help your loved one in recovery to feel happier and more content this holiday season. 

Go to Meetings with Them

If your loved one is in recovery from a mental health disorder and/or addiction, they may regularly go to meetings. The 12 step meetings are quite common for people who are in recovery. 

During the holidays, when there is a lot going on, your loved one may slack or procrastinate when it comes to attending these meetings. As their loved one, it might help if you offer to attend these meetings with them. Having someone close to them attending the meetings could help your loved one to see just how important these meetings are, especially around stressful or busy times of the year. 

Support Your Loved One in Recovery Over the Holidays This Year

Do you have a loved one in recovery who needs support this holiday season? Whether they are in recovery from an addiction and/or mental health disorder, you and other loved ones can be there for them in numerous ways. The options that were listed above are a great way to begin helping out your loved one who is in recovery. 

If your loved one needs treatment or additional recovery support this holiday season, have them contact us here at Journey Pure, to get the help they need. 

 

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