For some, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, the days from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day can be extremely difficult to handle. The fact is, this can be a very stressful period. Some people have obligations to friends and family members that can be challenging to meet, while others may find themselves feeling very alone and isolated.
Such holiday stressors can have a negative impact on a person. And when an individual is also struggling with alcoholism, the holidays can be anything but festive. It is for this reason that people with drinking problems may need to make a conscious effort to take it easy on themselves and engage in healthy activities.
If you are attempting to maintain your sobriety over this holiday season, it may help if you do your best to get plenty of rest coupled with some exercise. You may also want to take time out during the day for quiet contemplation or even meditation. And try not to overextend yourself. You can help yourself immensely by creating a reasonable schedule and sticking to it.
Another key thing you can do is avoid other problem drinkers, substance abusers and any negative influences. Your environment will likely have a big impact on your behavior and you don't need to put yourself in the position of being tempted to reach for a drink.
But if conditions conspire in such a way that you do have a drink or two, you may find yourself being pulled over for driving while intoxicated. As such, you will likely require legal representation to help you minimize such potential penalties as a license suspension. A Louisiana criminal defense attorney may be able to offer you discreet, judgment-free assistance.