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No matter where you are on your treatment journey, you may be wondering what treatment looks like during the holiday season. This season can bring about a lot of joy, but it can also feel a bit unnerving if you don’t know what to expect. 

Outpatient programs are a great option for people to receive the treatment they need while still having time to enjoy the season with loved ones. With the right knowledge, tools, and mindset, you will be able to get the most out of outpatient treatment and protect your sobriety throughout the holidays.

Outpatient Treatment Options During the Holidays

Outpatient addiction treatment is a great way to begin your recovery journey while also having time to spend with family during the holidays. Those who have stable living environments can live at home while in treatment and even continue outside responsibilities for family or work. 

If you do not have a stable living environment, a sober living program is a great option that will still allow you free time for outside obligations and holiday gatherings.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are an intensive option that will give you high structure and accountability. PHPs are designed for those with more serious addictions or for people who have already completed inpatient rehab and detox. The PHP will bring stability to your life and give you both clinical and non-clinical treatment tools to help you maintain sobriety throughout the holidays and beyond.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are a less intensive treatment option that is often the next step level of care after completing a PHP. IOPs have a less rigorous schedule than PHPs and will give you the tools and life skills training needed to start re-entering daily life on a full-time basis. You can complete treatment on your own time while still having strong support and accountability from clinical staff and peers.

Sober Living

Sober living programs are a great option for those who do not have a stable living environment. When enrolled in a sober living program, you will get the support and structure needed to handle triggers and prevent relapse. Sober living facilities can be a great source of community, where you can build relationships and find accountability between you and your peers.

During the holiday season, many sober living programs will celebrate with activities and meals together. If you’re thinking about enrolling in a sober living program, ask how they celebrate holidays and events. Your recovery journey is all about you and your unique needs. If you want support during the holiday season, you can find it with the right program that’s a perfect fit for you.

The Value of Boundaries During the Holidays

If you’re in outpatient treatment during the holiday season, it’s important to maintain a sense of strength and confidence in order to avoid any setbacks in your recovery. According to the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, a setback can be any behavior that moves an individual closer to physical relapse. Setting healthy boundaries and personal goals are two vital ways to avoid setbacks and ensure a stable recovery, even during the holidays.

Setting Boundaries with Loved Ones

When people think of the holiday season, family time often comes to mind. Big dinners, preparations, gift-giving, and gatherings can be a cause of stress that might end up triggering you.

In order to avoid stress, triggers, and relapse, it’s important to set healthy boundaries to protect your sobriety. The goal is to actually be able to enjoy the holidays without having to worry about uncomfortable situations or thoughts of relapse looming over your head.

Knowing when to say “no” is crucial to protect yourself, your energy, and your recovery. If you know that something will trigger you, say “no” and stand strong in your conviction. Likewise, if family members use substances during gatherings, you can stick to a zero-tolerance policy. If your family does not want to get on board and support your sobriety, then you can choose to avoid family gatherings entirely. 

Setting Your Personal Boundaries

It’s important to know what your own bottom line is when it comes to protecting your sobriety during the holiday season. You may want to implement a zero-tolerance policy for anything that has to do with substances, such as being in the presence of alcohol and other drugs or being in the company of an inebriated family member.

This zero-tolerance policy can also stand for anything else that may trigger you. Always remember that your recovery journey is not selfish. Your recovery is sacred, and it should be protected at all costs.

Find Support From Outpatient Treatment Staff and Peers

If you’re in outpatient treatment during the holiday season, it’s important to find strong support from treatment staff and peers. Quality addiction treatment programs should include highly-trained staff that is compassionate and truly care about your recovery. When you lean on staff for support and accountability, you will feel stronger in your recovery through the holiday season.

Your peers in outpatient treatment are also there to help you. Most programs will offer group therapy where you can build bonds and find support in others who are going through similar struggles. The holiday season affects everyone in different ways, but you do not have to feel alone when you utilize strong support in outpatient treatment.

The busy holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your sobriety. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, we offer quality outpatient treatment options that will give you the tools needed to get through the holiday season with confidence in your sobriety. Our PHP and IOP allow for time throughout the week away from treatment, where you can spend the holidays with your family or resume outside obligations. If you do not have a stable home environment, our Sober Living facility will support you through recovery. Most of our sober living clients experience a full recovery from addiction. For more information and a free assessment, call us today at (214) 396-0259.