Staying Sober and Stress-Free During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a joyful time of the year, filled with celebrations, gatherings, and festivities. However, for those in recovery from addiction, it can also be a challenging period that tests your commitment to staying clean and sober. At Transitions Bali, we understand the importance of maintaining sobriety while managing holiday stress. In this blog, we’ll share some valuable tips and strategies to help you navigate the holiday season with confidence and resilience.

Plan Ahead:

Prepare for holiday gatherings by planning ahead. Communicate your sobriety goals to your friends and family, so they can provide the necessary support. Be ready with responses to questions about why you’re not drinking, and consider bringing your own non-alcoholic beverages to social events.

Find local AA or NA meetings running key holidays and keep a list handy for immediate support if necessary. Additionally, consider bringing a recovery peer with you to holiday events as an extra layer of support.

Establish Boundaries:

Setting boundaries is crucial for maintaining sobriety. Politely decline invitations to events that you believe may be triggering or challenging for your recovery. It’s okay to prioritise your health and well-being over social obligations that could jeopardise your sobriety.

Stay Mindful of Triggers:

Identify and acknowledge your triggers, whether they are stress, family dynamics, or past holiday memories associated with substance use. Mindfulness can help you stay present and navigate these triggers with grace.

Surround Yourself with Support:

One of the most effective ways to maintain sobriety during the holidays is by immersing yourself in a supportive and understanding community like AA or NA.

Many 12 Step Fellowships worldwide host Christmas and New Year’s gatherings for members who may not feel comfortable or prefer not to celebrate with their families. Contact your local meeting to inquire about fellowship events that can serve as alternatives to family celebrations.


Self-care is essential during the holiday season. Make sure to prioritise your physical and mental well-being. Engage in regular exercise, meditation, and mindfulness practices to manage stress.

The holidays can be both joyful and stressful, but with the right tools and support, you can navigate them successfully while staying sober. At our Bali sober living facility, we provide a safe and supportive environment to help you thrive during the holiday season and beyond. Remember, your health and sobriety are worth celebrating every day of the year.

If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey, get in touch with us today.



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