The ‘Holidaze’ are a stressful time; full of pent up emotions and often resulting in very intense interactions between family members and those we are closest to. For those in addiction/recovery, the holidaze, may mean a tenuous time filled with the possibility of relapse. According to the following article by Carole Bennett, The 4 Most Common Causes of Addiction Relapse, she identifies boredom and fear as 2 of the 4 main reasons for relapse during the holidaze. The article mentions how too much excess during holiday time can be triggered by boredom; it is vital to have a plan. This plan can include accountability which isn’t only necessary for those new to recovery. Accountability is an integral piece to all who are in recovery. Having support via accountability helps us to feel connected and to reinforce that connection. A final point to remember is this: staying in one’s comfort zone may feel like the easy way but it is extremely dangerous when it comes to recovery. Most of us can relate to the fact that CHANGE IS DIFFICULT. However, for those in recovery avoiding old patterns, including ‘P.P.Ts’:people/places/things, is essential. Working toward more effective choices and outcome vs. doing ‘that thing you do’ will help in avoiding relapse at any time of year.Carol Bennett: The 4 Most Common Causes of Addiction Relapse (Huffington Post)