HOLIDAYS = FAMILY, FRIENDS AND…RELAPSE?
TIPS TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WHILE IN RECOVERY
(Farmingville, NY – December X, 2018) With the holidays upon us, Victory Recovery Partners, Long Island’s newest specialized center for the treatment of substance use disorder, located in Farmingville, shares strategies to help those struggling in their efforts to stay the course of recovery and avoid relapsing.
TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY THE COURSE OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RECOVERY
DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Expectations of what the holidays should be, or memories of what they were – rather than what they are – can lead you down an extremely emotional path of disappointment. Realize that others may feel the same way. Be self-aware. Be forgiving. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness.
Committing too much to too many at holiday time is a recipe for failure. Slow down and decide what is most important to you. Give yourself the gift of time to enjoy those you love most.
With the excitement of the holidays, sleep sometimes takes a backseat, but fatigue can lead to moodiness, increased stress, and more intense emotions. Give yourself the gift of rest.
Travel at the holidays adds additional stress and insecurity as you will be removing yourself from your daily routine and support system. Plan ahead of schedule to have a buddy in place who you can rely on, so you are not alone or isolated. Making sure you can leave situations at any time and are not dependent on someone else for transportation can increase your sense of control. Be sure to research substance abuse disorder (SUD) recovery meetings in the area you’ll be traveling to in case you need additional support. Give yourself the gift of support.
Even if it means offending a relative or a friend, avoid situations and people that may sabotage your recovery. Give yourself the gift of maintaining your recovery.
Allow yourself small wins during the season and celebrate them. Give yourself the gift of self-care.
Realize that others are in dire need at the holidays and consider helping them. Focus your time, talent and treasure on them rather than yourself. You’ll realize how much you have to be grateful for. Give yourself the gift of gratitude.
The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of the year when drinking and drug usage is common, making it difficult to avoid exposure. Welcome the holiday season with a plan to protect and nurture your recovery.
For more information regarding Victory Recovery Partners, or to speak with Dr. Paolo Coppola, please reach out to (631)599-1475.
ABOUT VICTORY RECOVERY PARTNERS
Victory Recovery Partners’ experienced physicians, psychiatrists, and behavioral health staff are here to provide you with the convenient, high-quality medical care you need and deserve. We specialize in the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction using FDA-approved medications such as Buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) and Vivitrol, along with evidenced-based behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment interventions. Victory Recovery Partners provides a comprehensive approach for your recovery needs – all in one facility. Learn more by clicking here.
ABOUT PAOLO COPPOLA, M.D., FACEP – Co-Founder, CEO, Medical Staff
Dr. Paolo T. Coppola has years of experience providing medication-assisted treatment to patients suffering from opioid use disorders. Prior to co-founding Victory Recovery Partners, Dr. Coppola was the president of STAT Health, a chain of successful urgent care centers he founded in 2006 that provided walk-in medical care throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties, serving more than 250,000 patients annually. Prior to forming STAT Health, Dr. Coppola was the director of the Emergency Department at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Dr. Coppola graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency in the emergency department of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.