The holidays can be a tough time for everyone, especially for those who are trying hard to maintain sobriety. If you managed to remain sober throughout the entire season, congratulations are in order. Just remember that the 12-Step adage, “One day at a time,” always applies. For those who either succumbed to temptation or think they may have a problem with alcohol abuse, remember one thing: don’t beat yourself up. It’s never too late to get back on the wagon. The decision to be sober can feel like a constant commitment. It can feel like you’re carrying a load of bricks on your back, but don’t worry; there are many resources available to help lighten the load. Here they are:
Reach out to Others for Support
While it may seem impossible to not reach for the bottle, you don’t have to go it alone. Self-help groups ranging from the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to the lesser-known Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) and SMART Revovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) for those who are uncomfortable with AA’s spiritual component have been helpful for many recovering addicts.
Some people find that an intensive treatment center is the best course of action to get sober. These centers remove addicts from all sources of temptation and give them the tools they need to be successful outside of the rehabilitation facility.
If none of those options are right for you, or you prefer one-on-one attention, addiction counselors can help you be successful in your quest to stay sober.
The First Step
No matter what avenue you choose to get and stay sober, the first step is admitting that you have an issue. If you suspect that you, a loved one or one of your employees has problems with alcohol abuse, contact Test Smartly Labs today. We offer comprehensive drug and alcohol testing, and even monitoring services to help make sure the addict doesn’t return to a detrimental substance.