Happy Thanksgiving to all from Long Island Center for Recovery, including our past and present clients, their loved ones, employees and friends who are part of our growing recovery family. We understand the difficulties presented at this time of the year to recovering individuals who are working hard to stay on their recovery track. Particularly, for recovering alcoholics, who see that almost all holiday parties include a variety of alcoholic beverages.

Whether you are staying home this Thanksgiving or planning on traveling, below are a few tips that has helped past recovering clients avoid relapse during their holiday festivities.

1. Find a Meeting or Event

We agree that just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you get to take a break from recovery. Going to a recovery meeting or event on special days like Thanksgiving day is highly recommended. It will help you stay on track with your recovery efforts using the support and help of others who are in your situation.  If you’re staying home, search for sober events which are planned for specific holidays. Even if you’re traveling you can plan ahead and look online for nearby meetings at your destination.
Many thanksgiving events are held in clubhouses and addiction recovery centers offering extra support to those who find the day challenging for their recovery efforts. Check for addiction treatment centers on Long Island that have gatherings and meetings planned for this time of the year as well.

2. Host a Friendsgiving Feast

If you are staying in town and don’t have any family nearby host a “Friendsgiving” feast with your sober friends in recovery. Friendsgiving is a popular tradition among friends and it’s a great way to give thanks and celebrate the new life of sobriety with like-minded individuals. Guests could also bring games and movies to enjoy after the meal. After all, laughter, and great food is all you need to enjoy the holidays. One of the secrets to staying sober long-term is to enjoy the holidays attending fun filled gatherings with friends and loved ones who care about your sobriety.

3. Give Back to Our Great New York Community

Thanksgiving starts the season of giving back, so why not go out and volunteer to feed the homeless or help at your local New York shelter during this holiday. Check out your local community bulletins for any kind of “Operation Turkey Day”. This is an awesome way to volunteer and spend Thanksgiving morning preparing and delivering warm meals, care packages, and clothing to those who are less fortunate.

If you need additional support staying sober in this holiday season, our New York addiction treatment center on Long Island can lead you in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to ask for help anytime you feel you can use a little boost for your recovery efforts. You can reach us at 800-344-5427.

One of the biggest mistakes recovering individuals make is to assume they can handle it on their own. Even if you have managed your addiction successfully throughout the most of the year, the holiday season brings up a number of challenges that you might not be prepared for. More importantly, having to deal with stressors on your own makes it much harder to keep yourself strong.