December 20, 2017

20 tips for managing your drug & alcohol use over the holidays

20 tips for managing your drug & alcohol use over the holidays

  1. Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  2. Ask a trusted friend/family member for support with limiting your drink/drug use.
  3. Substitute non-alcoholic for alcoholic. A lime and soda looks the same as a vodka and soda.
  4. Set limits before going out and stick to them.
  5. If you don’t want to drink or drug then prepare a reason to avoid others pressuring you. E.g. you’re taking medication so can’t drink, or you’re driving.
  6. Drink plenty of water.
  7. Eat before going out.
  8. Avoid pre-drinking /pre-using before going to an event.
  9. Prepare your own drinks and drugs so you know how much you’re having.
  10. Don’t mix drugs, and don’t mix drugs and alcohol.
  11. Identify triggers that may lead to you using/drinking and prepare for managing these. Eg. If Grindr is a trigger, delete it and ask a friend to “enable restrictions” on your phone.
  12. If time with family is a trigger limit the time spent with them. Prepare a reason you can give for doing this so that it’s easier.
  13. Surf the urge. It will peak then it WILL ease off. Distract & delay before acting on the urge.
  14. Take each day one at a time. If you lapse try again the next day.
  15. Spend time with people who don’t use or drink.
  16. Take care of yourself –eat good food, get enough sleep and exercise.
  17. Try to have at least 2 drink and drug free days in a week.
  18. Make a list of all the other things you want to do in the time you have off, and do as many of these as possible.
  19. If you’re having a hard time call a friend / QLife / Lifeline / ADIS* for a chat.
  20. Remember you’re not alone. Many people find the holiday period challenging and you will get through it.

QLife : 1800 184 527             Lifeline : 13 11 14              ADIS : 1800 422 599

If you are concerned about your drug or alcohol use you can contact ACON for support (acon.org.au). ACON reopens on the 8th Jan 2018.

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