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Navigating the Holidays in Recovery with Buckeye Recovery Network

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The holidays can be a magical time filled with joy, laughter, and reunions. However, for those in recovery, they can also present unique challenges. With temptations around every corner, it’s essential to have a plan. Buckeye Recovery Network, an Outpatient Addiction Treatment in Huntington Beach, CA, is here to guide you through these festive but potentially triggering times

Understanding the Challenge

The holidays often come with a surge of emotions, both good and bad. For someone in recovery, this can mean:

    • Increased temptations: From holiday parties serving alcohol to old friends revisiting old habits.
    • Family dynamics: Not all family gatherings are stress-free. Past traumas, current tensions, or simply the pressure to ‘fit in’ can be triggers.
    • Memories of past use: For many, holidays may bring back memories of past substance use or behaviors.

Knowing these challenges ahead of time can better equip you to handle them.

Strategies for a Sober Holiday Season

Let’s dive into some strategies to ensure you stay on the path of recovery during the holidays:

    1. Have an Accountability Partner: Partner up with someone who knows your journey. This could be a friend in recovery or a trusted family member. Check in with each other regularly.
    2. Limit Exposure: If you know a certain event will be too tempting or triggering, it’s okay to decline the invitation.
    3. Have an Exit Strategy: If you’re attending an event, have a plan for leaving if you start to feel overwhelmed or tempted.
    4. Start New Traditions: If old traditions bring back negative memories, create new ones that align with your recovery journey.

Focusing on Self-Care

Remember, taking care of yourself is paramount:

    • Stay connected with your support network, whether it’s a recovery group, therapist, or close friends.
    • Practice daily mindfulness and meditation. The holidays can be stressful, and finding moments of calm can be a lifesaver.
    • Get plenty of rest. It’s easier to make good decisions when you’re well-rested.
    • Maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Physical well-being directly impacts mental well-being.

Buckeye Recovery Network: Your Partner in Recovery

At the Buckeye Recovery Network in Huntington Beach, CA, we understand the complexities of navigating the holidays in recovery. Our Outpatient Addiction Treatment program is designed to support you during these times.
Why choose an outpatient treatment? It allows you to receive the care and support you need while still participating in daily life activities. This means you can integrate the strategies you learn directly into real-world situations, like the holiday season.

Contact Buckeye Recovery Network

Remember that recovery is a journey, not a destination. The holidays might be a challenging stretch on this journey, but with the right strategies, support, and mindset, you can navigate them successfully. And always remember, Buckeye Recovery Network is here to support you every step of the way. Stay strong, stay connected, and celebrate the gift of recovery this holiday season.


Buckeye Recovery Network is an Outpatient Addiction Treatment center located in Huntington Beach, CA. We provide comprehensive support for individuals on their recovery journey, helping them maintain sobriety and navigate challenges, including the holiday season.

The holidays can be challenging due to increased temptations from parties and gatherings where alcohol or drugs might be present. Additionally, the emotional stresses of family dynamics, memories of past substance use, and the general busyness of the season can be triggering for some individuals.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment allows individuals to receive care and support while still participating in their daily activities, like work or school. In contrast, inpatient programs involve staying at a facility full-time. This means outpatient treatment offers flexibility, letting individuals integrate recovery strategies directly into real-world situations.

Honesty is often the best policy. You can simply state, “Thank you for the invitation. I’m currently focusing on my well-being and need to limit certain social engagements. I hope you understand, and I appreciate your support.”

Yes, at Buckeye Recovery Network, we understand the unique challenges the holidays can present. Our program offers specialized strategies and support to help individuals navigate this season while maintaining their recovery journey.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.