This weekend we celebrate a new year and a time for new beginnings. However, to those recovering from alcoholism, New Year’s Eve and celebration can be a difficult time. Celebrations are oftentimes used as a means to consume alcohol and those trying to abstain can find this a challenge; especially those new to recovery experiencing this for the first time. The alcohol rehab and drug rehab at the Cirque Lodge wishes you a safe and sober holiday with 5 tips to assist with a sober New Year.
1. Treat it as a normal day – Those who have gone through rehab have different practices or activities they do each day to help them stay focused on their recovery. Just because it is a holiday, doesn’t mean you should take the day off of these activities of getting yourself focused on another sober 24.
2. Do Something – One of the dangers can be just to sit at home alone and shut yourself out from the celebration. It is smart to avoid places where the temptation may be just too much to drink. However, the thought of missing out can be just as much stress and strain. There are also plenty of activities that don’t involve drinking, like going to the movies or out with friends. Those in AA will probably have options for parties and celebrations where recovery is a central focus.
3. Involve Family – Your family members can also provide or be a resource on the holiday. Family members are aware of your efforts of recovery and chances are they want to help you. Do something with your family that keeps you sober during the celebration. You don’t even have to go out if you don’t want. A house full of sober family provides your own party and games.
4. Meetings and Sponsor – We talked earlier about going to an AA New Year’s Party, but through the holidays it can also be beneficial to lead up to New Year’s with plenty of meetings and sponsor work. Maintaining a focus on your recovery can be imperative and such a focus is found by immersing yourself in the program and involving your sponsor in the process. Perhaps you and your sponsor can be involved together in the above mentioned activities if possible. Some in AA do what is called an ‘alkathon’; which is a attending a marathon of meetings.
5. Serve – Finding ways to serve others is always a helping tool to staying sober. Look for ways to help others with service as a means to keeping yourself sober. Whether it is others in recovery, family, or the community, look for ways to serve.