My husband is 30 days sober from alcohol today and this is his longest stretch of sobriety ever. He is recently home from attending an in-patient treatment center and very excited and optimistic about his recovery, which is refreshing to see. However, we are planning to travel for a very short trip for Christmas to see my family, all of whom know that he has sought treatment and is sober, and most of whom are heavy drinkers themselves. I’ve decided to get a hotel rather than stay with family, as this will allow us time to decompress alone and also leave if people are choosing to drink heavily. I’m wondering if you all have any other tips that may help us navigate this holiday season. I don’t think asking my family for a dry holiday will work, sadly, but I’m hoping for suggestions on how to talk about his recovery, set good boundaries so we’re both practicing good self-care while we’re there, how we can communicate if he’s feeling uncomfortable, and if there is a good way to have these conversations with family or planning ahead with my husband beforehand so we all know what to expect.
I appreciate your thoughts on this!