Ask for Help
Whether from a sponsor, counselor, friend, or loved one, support is often the key to coping with stress, triggers, and staying sober – especially during the holidays. In a post on the Harvard Medical School Health Blog, Dr. Peter Grinspoon explains this fact, stating,
“Recovery, if about anything, is about connecting with other people. It is about far more than just the absence of drugs or alcohol. Addiction slowly robs you of your relationships, as you become emotionally obsessed with your drug of choice. With recovery comes a blossoming of human connection, interaction, meaning, and hope. In order to recover, we learn tools to keep ourselves centered, such as humility, compassion, listening skills, and mindfulness. We learn to ask for help, and not try to internalize and fix all of our problems on our own. The holidays present a perfect opportunity to reach into your recovery toolbox and use any and all of these tools.”
Overcoming addiction means you must learn to ask for help when they need it. While it does take personal commitment, recovery is not something you have to or should do alone. As Dr. Grinspoon explains, recovery is partially about reclaiming relationships. The people you connect or reconnect with during recovery often shape the person you become going forward. Their support, encouragement, and understanding can make a world of difference, which is why they can be the best people to turn to, especially during the holidays. As Grinspoon mentions, many who go through substance abuse treatment learn to acknowledge that everyone needs help, and the holidays can be the perfect time to ask for it.