While others may look forward to the holidays in Ohio this year, as a recovering alcoholic or someone trying to stay sober, you may feel anxious about the months ahead. Will you avoid getting another DUI? What if visiting family members drive you to drink? 

Alcohol Rehab Guide has a few tips for you to keep in mind. Use them to maintain your sobriety and your mental health this holiday season.  

Clock in extra hours at support groups 

It is best to get ahead of temptation. Schedule time to attend extra support group meetings or meetings with your counselor or sponsor. Share your anxieties with others in your situation, and make an effort to be there for each other. 

Avoid gatherings with a lot of drinking  

There could be a holiday party you attend every year, one where there is usually a lot of drinking. This is the year you may have to decline an invitation to attend, which can also keep you from getting a DUI. If distant relatives or friends usually attend these parties, you can schedule a lunch or coffee date. Besides, you may prefer a more intimate gathering rather than a loud party. 

Respect your triggers  

When you sit down and examine your drinking habits, you may discover specific triggers that drive you to drink. Write those triggers down and do everything you can to avoid them. You may have to avoid certain places or people so you do not relapse, and so you are not pulled over by police after having one too many.  

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.