Kristen M. Rice, behavioral health coach and founder of Raw + Revolution Coaching, worked in substance abuse recovery before launching her own business, which counts recovering alcoholics among its client base. For her, temptation is much easier to resist when you know someone will be checking up on you.
"For people who are newly sober, I find accountability to be the strongest factor in taking the option of drinking off the table," Rice said. "I purchase a professional grade Breathalyzer for my newly sober clients and have them do Breathalyzer check-ins to show their sobriety. If they miss a check-in, a designated point of contact is notified."
While that may be extreme for your intents and purposes, the general principle applies. "Creating an external accountability check helps add a component of responsibility when willpower may be wavering," Rice said. "Especially during the holidays, which has the highest relapse rate due to emotional and situational triggers."