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How to Support Young Adults Struggling With Addiction This Holiday Season

  • Posted at Dec 7, 2022
  • Written by Rebecca
How to Support Young Adults Struggling With Addiction This Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time for many. But, for young adults struggling with mental health issues like addiction, the holidays can bring about a number of stressors that can lead to unhealthy behaviors. This includes relapsing for young people who are in recovery. So, it’s important for families of young people struggling with addiction to understand and utilize supportive methods in order to help the young people in their lives during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are some specific things that family and loved ones can do to support young people in recovery during the holiday season to provide extra support this time of year.

Some ways you can help a young person who’s in recovery during this holiday season include:

Start a New Holiday Tradition

One great way to focus on recovery is to provide yourself with a number of things to take your mind off of cravings. Distracting yourself can help you focus on things that are more positive and give your mind something to think about besides the cravings you’re experiencing or negative thoughts that can lead to harmful thinking. So, if you’re wanting to provide your young adult loved one with recovery support, helping them start a new tradition for the holidays can provide the distractions they need to fix their mind on things that are positive. Some examples of new traditions can include beginning a new exercise class, visiting a state park or nature reserve, and volunteering to help the less fortunate.

Understand Your Loved One’s Triggers and Navigate Through Them Together

Triggers are situations, people, and things that can lead a person in recovery to start thinking about using again. Triggers can provoke unwanted feelings and thoughts. It’s important to understand triggers as a person in recovery so they can be avoided. And, if unavoidable, it’s helpful to know what to do when a person in recovery is faced with a trigger. As a loved one of a young adult in recovery, it can also be helpful to understand your loved one’s triggers. And, discuss these with them during the holiday season. This way, you can provide support to your loved one if a trigger is unavoidable and determine what to do in these situations. Additionally, you can help your loved one schedule their holidays so that triggers can be avoided if at all possible.

Make Sure You’re Setting a Good Example

People in recovery need to be surrounded by those who completely support their recovery. Supporting recovery for a loved one comes in many different shapes and forms. But, perhaps the most important form of support is by modeling behaviors that your loved one in recovery needs to follow. This includes not partaking in any drugs or alcohol yourself. So, this holiday season, if you’re looking to support your loved one who’s a young adult in recovery, make sure that you steer clear of the spiked punch bowl.

Be there to help if Support is Needed

Finally, the best thing a loved one can do during the holidays to support a young adult struggling with addiction and in recovery is to know when to get professional help. Help is necessary when a young adult experiences relapse. This can include even thinking about relapsing as this is the first stage of the relapse process. If you notice that your loved one needs professional assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional mental health treatment facility like Yellowbrick. This way, your loved one can get the help they need this holiday season.

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