Addiction replacement, or transferring of addictions is a very common behavior response in recovery. We often substitute addictions to fill the void or to chase the same feeling or high that the previous addiction produced. It could be switching from drinking to eating chocolate or from drugs to sex.
The idea of staying sober over the holidays can be scary when in early recovery or active addiction. As the holidays quickly approach, so do the holiday parties and family events, both of which can be difficult to navigate. A good goal for these holidays? Instead of focusing your energy on buying presents, focus on being present.