Pay special attention to relapse prevention

Holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for many people. For people who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, it can be a time to pay special attention to relapse prevention. The staff at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services of Seneca County would like to offer the below tips to use in preparation for the season:

1. Try to have at least some planned activity each day that will involve you with others in sober activities.

2. Plan to do something special for another person or volunteer in the community.

3. If you are involved in a support group, do not miss any meetings. You may want to increase the number of meetings you attend during the holidays.

4. Try to avoid activities or parties that will serve alcoholic beverages.

5. If you attend an activity where drinks are served, take someone along with you who does not drink and have an escape plan.

6. Keep alcohol or drugs out of your home. Do not bring any alcoholic beverages into your home. If a situation develops where family members or friends bring wine or beer to your home, then stay away from playing the bartender. After the party, be sure any leftover alcohol is not left in your home.

7. Join a health club and/or start a regular exercise program. Becoming involved in some leisure activities that require physical exercise can help maintain sobriety.

The single most important service Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services can offer is first-line support for people facing a mental health, drug- or alcohol-related crisis. Firelands offers 24-hour access to emergency services through the hotline at (800) 826-1306.

In addition, Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services would like to thank the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties for their funding support as well as the voters in Wyandot and Seneca counties for their support of our levies.

Continue to give yourself the gift of sobriety during this holiday season. We wish you a safe and sober season.

Robin Reaves and staff,

Firelands Counseling & Recovery

Services of Seneca County