Creating new traditions is an important part of life after Vicodin rehab. Changing the way holidays are celebrated, coming up with new favorite places to go for special occasions, and finding reasons to celebrate each day help the person struggling with addiction stay focused on his or her recovery.
Surround Yourself with Loved Ones
One of the most important things to do after rehab is to identify those loved ones who support your recovery. Spending holidays or having celebrations with people who do not understand your new life and new needs can quickly derail your rehab. Loved ones can include new friends and old friends, as well as close family members. People who enabled your addiction in the past need to be left in the past.
Let Go of Resentment
Creating new traditions can also means letting go of past hurts and resentments. You may have loved ones who never understood your needs or were afraid to reach out to you in your struggle. Learning to forgive the people in your life who have hurt you frees you to focus on healing and building new relationships. Whether or not you choose to have a conversation with these people about the past is completely up to you, but forgiving them gives you the power to make the right decisions.
Starting from Scratch
Sometimes creating new traditions requires letting go of objects that are associated with your past life. Starting over with new Christmas ornaments to mark your new life, building a new collection of favorite music, or creating a completely new holiday menu from all new sources are all ways to create new traditions. Letting go of things from your past that stir up old memories and cause sadness and regret is a healthy way to keep your recovery on track. If you previously stayed home for the holidays, plan a trip. If you spent New Year’s Eve at a party, plan an at-home family game night. However you create your new traditions, you can feel confidant in the fact that your new traditions are working to support your new life.
Finding Help for Addiction
If you or a loved one struggles with Vicodin addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find treatment.