Most of us (addicts) associate holiday parties and family get-togethers with our addiction.
- Using nicotine (or alcohol, Oxycontin, fill in your drug of choice), was a large part of you having fun or not.
- Using “helped” you deal with holiday stress.
- You “had” to use, to put up with your crazy and dysfunctional family.
- Everyone else will be using their drug of choice and having a great time.
- You can’t relax and be yourself without using.
I had all those reasons and more. Anything to defend my addiction. Because the terror of having to QUIT was unbearable. My life would not be worth living if I couldn’t smoke.
Are you nodding your head about now? Do you dread this time of year because of the cravings?
You can blame The Bitch (a.k.a. Addiction) for causing your turmoil. She wants you to start using again, and she will try to seduce you. She will put ideas and excuses into your head.
You must fight with everything you’ve got. The Bitch will tell you “Having just one won’t hurt anybody.” OR “No one will know.”
Oh really? Well, guess what? The Bitch lies. Having “just one” will hurt your recovery. And everyone will know, even if you sneak it, because you will reek. I know that’s harsh, but reality often is. I promise you – if you do have “just one”, The Bitch wins. Every damn time.
What can we do to get rid of our addiction? Unfortunately nothing. However, we can learn to ignore The Bitch’s siren song. We can practice the “tools” we learn in recovery, until they are engrained within us. Change behaviors that trigger cravings.
A counselor in my Quit Smoking program once told me that even if you spend the holidays munching on cookies, pies and other fattening crap, it’s healthier than taking a drag of a cigarette.
Good to know. 😉
- How Do I Know I’m Really Addicted to Nicotine? (everydayhealth.com)
- Understanding Nicotine Addiction (everydayhealth.com)
- How to Quit Smoking (healthinessbox.com)