New Year’s Eve can be a challenging time for people in recovery. This date can bring back memories of people, places, and times when substances were in the picture. These triggers can urge on cravings. Depression, anxiety, or other negative emotions can drive you to drink or use drugs. It may be tempting to give into these motions but there are safe, sober ways to safeguard your sobriety and still have fun.
One of the holidays most associated with the use of alcohol is New Year’s Eve. Binge drinking is a nationwide issue, with people drinking an increased amount on this night, leading to alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and even death. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are fueled by alcohol abuse in America, but you do not have to think about that. Your goal is to spend it sober and enjoy it. When you are trapped in addiction, any holiday is an excuse to drink but this New Year’s Eve is a chance to do things differently.
Asking a sober friend or sponsor to help keep you accountable is a great way to avoid alcohol and drugs on New Year’s Eve. These tips can help you avoid relapse around this holiday:
- Take a sober friend with to any parties you attend
- Avoid parties with alcohol
- Throw your own sober party with sober friends
- Write out responses to what you will say if people ask why you’re not drinking
- Create an emergency exit strategy
- Have an accountability partner or sponsor on speed dial (perhaps a few)
Relapse happens more than you think but it doesn’t have to happen. If it does happen, however, be honest with yourself and offer forgiveness. Communicate honestly and openly with your sponsor, peers, and recovery community. They will help you move forward in a way that feels non-judgmental and support your journey back to recovery.
If you are planning to spend NYE away from alcohol and drugs in recovery this year, alternatives are the best way to ensure sobriety. Here are just a few ideas:
- Play games at sober living house
- Host an alcohol, drug-free dance party or game night
- Attend an AA or NA NYE party
- Hunker down at home with your family and watch movies of 2017
Sound Recovery helps you get present in the moment with our programs, services and resources. If you are struggling this holiday season to stay sober, we can help. We are here to guide you through the steps to recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.