How to Stay Sober During the Holidays and COVID

How to Stay Sober During the Holidays and COVID

Read this post for all of the best information on how to stay sober during the holidays and COVID. These are great tips for staying sober.


Are you looking for tips that can help you stay sober during the holidays and COVID? With the stress that comes with COVID and the boredom that may come from staying at home, it may be tempting to resort to old habits.

The holidays can also be a stressful time for many. You may feel that it's difficult to celebrate with your family while there is alcohol around. Keep reading this guide for advice on how to stay sober during these stressful times. 

Have a Plan in Place

Before entering situations that may be high risks for you, such as the holidays, it's best to have a plan in place beforehand to keep you on the right track. To do so, you should narrow down who or what triggers your relapse. Acknowledging these factors can help you plan accordingly. 

If you're on the way to a holiday event that you think may be triggering, consider planning out a way to protect yourself. Consider attending a virtual meeting before the event, or bring your sponsor with you for some support.

Bring your own car so that you don't have to rely on anyone else for transportation. This allows you to leave whenever you need to, which can be reassuring.

If you can't bring your sponsor, consider getting in contact with them or someone else in your recovery program before the event. Ask them if they could be available for a text or phone call if you need support or guidance during the event. Having these kinds of plans in place before the event can help you feel a bit more confident and can help you avoid a relapse. 

Be Aware and Practice Mindfulness 

During COVID and the holidays, it's a good idea to be aware of your thoughts and triggers. In a time where many things are different, consider what thoughts and triggers are new from your usual ones. In this new normal, you may have new triggers popping up. 

As you adjust to more time at home it may lead to new thoughts, and not being able to be around people and places can make it easier to have cravings. Stop and think about what you are doing when you craving drugs or alcohol and redirect your mind and attention to something else.

If you find that spending more time along is triggering, find ways to stay connected to others virtually. Talk to someone like your sponsor, or someone else in recovery and make a plan with one another to help each other avoid a relapse. Find someone who can be available to be there for you for support, no matter where they are in the world. 

How to Stay Sober Duing the Pandemic and the Holidays

As the holidays approach and you're still adjusting to the new normal, it's best to have a plan in place and to practice being aware and mindful to help you stay on the right track to avoid a relapse. Keep these tips for how to stay sober during these triggering times in mind to continue your recovery journey successfully. 

Are you looking for holiday gifts for your sponsor or friends in your program? Head to out AA Jewelry and Gifts section of our site for plenty of options.