Acknowledging the Difficulties of Holidays and Recovery From Addictions

Difficulties of Holidays and Recovery From Addictions

The holidays can be a very happy time for some, but for others it may not be the best when overcoming a substance abuse issue/addiction. Here at RAD Living Recovery Residences, we hope all recovery addicts can have peace of mind while enjoying the holiday festivities. Within this article, we want to provide you with information, tips, and resources to help stay sober and happy throughout the holiday season. These tips can also be used in regular day life as well!  

Why Are Holidays Difficult for Some People?

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. One reason for this may be that people often want to feel like they belong and are connected during the holiday season. This desire can be strong and may lead to issues of overextending ourselves, which later lead to emotional, physical, and even financial problems. Some examples of this are:

 

  • Buying gifts for others that you may not be able to afford
  • Traveling to family and friends, which can cause financial strain
  • Feeling like you “have to” attend social/family functions even if you don’t want to
  • Feeling like everything has to be perfect, such as preparing the “perfect meal” or buying the “perfect gifts”

 

Another reason for difficulty during the holidays may be that you don’t have family or friends to visit, or because of COVID-19, you can’t spend the holidays with certain individuals. The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, so when you can’t celebrate the way in which you wish it can be a huge struggle (rightfully so).

Is It Tough to Be in Recovery From Addiction During the Holidays?

Because of the stress in which the holiday season/festivities may cause, it can be a struggle when recovering from an addiction. The holidays can lead to failure when it comes to high expectations, overcommitment, fatigue, heightened emotions, and even mood swings. There could be more urges or opportunities for substance abuse during the holidays. There is a high-risk for relapse during the holidays, but the greatest gift that you could ever give anyone, including those you love and yourself is your sobriety. 

Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

Staying sober during the holidays is crucial for recovering addicts. Below we have provided some tips for maintaining sobriety during the holidays:

  • Create a plan – It can help to make a commitment plan for abstinence and practice what you are planning to do in drinking situations/when urges arise. 
  • Make lifestyle changes – This could mean giving up some traditions like attending a friends holiday party which always includes alcohol and drinking games. 
  • Cope with urges – Figure out what triggers you and familiarize yourself with ways to cope with these triggers/urges. 
  • Surround yourself with sober individuals – if you are in AA or another 12-step support group, make sure to call your sponsor whenever you feel like you want to drink or are feeling triggered. 
  • Ask for drink alternatives at parties – or bring your own beverage!
  • Create an exit strategy in case you become uncomfortable – there is nothing wrong with leaving a party or family gathering early. Don’t be afraid to leave if you aren’t feeling festive anymore or if you are triggered by the situation. 

How Rad Living Residences Can Help You or a Loved One

We know the holidays can be stressful and recovery isn’t always an easy process. Here at RAD Living Recovery Residences, we provide a safe living option for men in recovery. Reach out to us today to learn more about our recovery residences and how you can maintain your sobriety even through the toughest of times. 

Starting a New Sober Life in Los Angeles

sober living in los angeles

Beginning sober living in Los Angeles, CA can be a scary thing, especially if you believe that you are doing it alone. Here at RAD Living Recovery, we want you to know that you aren’t alone, there are plenty of people daily starting over in Los Angeles. Living a life of sobriety is exciting and admirable and you should be very proud of yourself. There are numerous benefits to living a drug & alcohol free life. Keep reading to learn more about how your life will improve immensely when you’re sober and living in LA! 

 

Benefits of Sober Living in Los Angeles

If you completed inpatient treatment in Los Angeles, staying in the city for continued aftercare is a great idea. If you are just in the beginning stages of finding a new city to get sober in; consider Los Angeles: 

  • Good weather – Good weather has been known to help in the recovery process and assists in the maintenance of sobriety. In contrast, bad weather depending on the season has been known to slow the recovery process and possibly cause a relapse. 
  • Job opportunities – There are many job opportunities in Los Angeles that provide a healthy environment that can assist in relieving stress. Because this is a very diverse area, there seems to be a large amount of jobs for tons of different things. 
  • Sober community – Within Los Angeles, there are many different communities that promote healthy sober living. Within these communities, they provide resources, a healthy environment, and good, clean fellowship. 
  • Resources – In Los Angeles, there are many different resources to help with maintaining sobriety, easing the process of recovery, and preventing future relapse.
  • Diversity – In Los Angeles there are an abundance of diverse beliefs, people, and things, These communities in LA seem to be accepting of recovering addicts and are understanding in the environment that these addicts need. 

These are just a few of the many benefits that Los Angeles has to offer in the process of recovery and sobriety.

 

How to Live Your Best Sober Life in LA

Moving to Los Angeles is the first step in living your best sober life in LA, but there are many other steps that can help you along the way. Here are some things that you can do to make your best sober life a reality.

  • Find that dream job – Finding a job is very important in having a successful life. It is also important to find a job that supports your morals and your recovery. Landing a job with insurance benefits that help with the financial burdens of recovery is a major plus. 
  • Embrace a sober community – Living in a community that supports recovery will help to prevent a relapse and provide assistance within the recovery process. This will also help you to find individualized care and support within that community.
  • Engage in new friendships – Having friends that better your recovery process is key to being happy and maintaining sobriety. These friends can be sober or don’t necessarily have to be, just make sure they are supportive of your recovery journey. 
  • Join a support group – Finding a support group, like AA or NA,  is helpful when recovering in a new home. These groups can not only provide fellowship and friendships, but they may also be able to help you find resources within Los Angeles to assist in your recovery process. 

These steps taken within Los Angeles can assist in the recovery process and provide substantial support in easing this process, continuing the maintenance of sobriety, and preventing relapse in the future.

 

How Can RAD Living Recovery Help?

At RAD Living Recovery, a men’s only sober living, we provide a sober residency to our clients to help them in their recovery process. Located in the San Fernando Valley, we provide the perfect environment to assist our clients with their individual needs while acclimating to the “real world”. Our residences use a three-phased model that maintains the idea that privileges are earned in the house, not given. This residency offers a structured environment, which contributes positively to our clients recovery process. Contact us today to learn more! 

Sober Living: Essential to the Recovery Process

Sober living is often thought of as an optional step to take after someone completes drug or alcohol treatment. We’re here to change that narrative at RAD Living Recovery Residences and want to let you know sober living is a crucial component of recovery. Completing inpatient and/or outpatient treatment will help get you sober but isn’t essential when striving to maintain sobriety. RAD Living is a men’s only sober living residence located in Sherman Oaks, California. We hold our clients accountable for honesty, seeking and being employed, socializing in a healthy way, and maintaining high self-esteem. Basically, our goal is to help all of our clients to live a happy, sober life. 

What is Sober Living?

For those who might not know, sober living is a community that is safe and free from drugs and alcohol. This is a sanctuary for people who are making the recovery process from drugs and alcohol. For those who are looking for a stepping stone after leaving an inpatient environment, or for those who simply need help getting back on their feet, sober living can be incredibly beneficial. 

Usually, sober living homes have a set of rules and requirements that people need to follow in order to be there. Our sober living is a three-phase model. This means our clients experience various levels of responsibilities and privileges. Phase one focuses on implementing a routine for our clients. This routine includes (but is not limited to) attending multiple AA/NA/Refuge meetings weekly, securing a sponsor or mentor and actively communicating with them, attending the weekly house meeting, and doing their assigned chores. 

Phase two includes the above mentioned but adds the responsibility of being an accountability partner for a new client if needed. Holding yourself and others accountable for their actions is a crucial part of maintaining sobriety. If we lived in a world where there were no consequences for actions, it’d be complete chaos.

Phase three involves a level of trust in the client and freedom. Their curfew is later than phase one and two, and they’re allowed an overnight pass if allowed by house staff. This means the client can sleep somewhere else for the night. These three phases ensure the safety of our clients and help them acclimate to “the real world” while emphasizing sobriety. 

Benefits of Sober Living

Aside from providing a roof over your head, there are numerous benefits of sober living. 

1: Sober living is structured: Routine and structure are two ways to maintain your sobriety. These things help you feel in control of your life. If you’ve completed inpatient and/or outpatient treatment, you probably became accustomed to the routine. One of the fastest ways to a relapse is leaving treatment with no routine whatsoever. 

2: Sober living holds you accountable: We cannot stress house how important it is to be held accountable for your actions. After we help our clients establish their routine, we hold them accountable for completing it every day. Feeling responsible for getting something done gives our clients a sense of purpose. Most people in recovery are also working on boosting their self-esteem. Being accountable, feeling like you have purpose, and high self-esteem will help keep you sober. 

3: Sober living is also a sober community: Sober living has fellowship and camaraderie. Although our clients may have different personal goals they’d like to work on, everyone shares the common goal of maintaining sobriety. 

RAD Living Recovery Residences Can Help

At RAD Living Recovery Residences, we are a sober living program located in Sherman Oaks, CA. We provide men with a safe place to continue their journey toward long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one is looking for a place to live and work on recovery, we’re here for you. Contact us today!