Steps for a Sober New Year’s Eve
To say that New Year’s Eve tests your sobriety is to put it mildly. Alcohol seems to be virtually everywhere as folks toast to new beginnings. In fact, New Year’s Eve ranks number one on the list of “booziest” holidays of the year, according to TIME magazine. And even if you decide to skip the festivities, you may be haunted by feelings of missing out or even memories of past celebrations during active addiction.
That said: It is possible to ring in the New Year without relapsing – and you can have a little fun, too. Here are some tips to help make this happen.
- Change your mindset. New Year’s Eve is about getting drunk or high for many people, but not you anymore. And now you have even more reason to celebrate; just think about all you’ve accomplished and all you have to look forward to in your recovery.
- Buddy up. Ask a friend or loved one who supports your sobriety to stick with you on New Year’s Eve, especially if you plan on attending a social event where there’s drugs and/or alcohol available. This person should understand your hard work and sobriety goals and be able to talk to you or steer you away should temptation strike.
- Create an exit plan. In addition to having an excuse ready as to why you’re not drinking or using, you also need a strategy in case you’re feeling too much pressure and need to leave. You can even tell the host ahead of time of your plans to leave early beforehand.
- Celebrate with sober friends. Recovery is the perfect time to create new traditions with new friends who support your recovery. Gather a few sober friends together for some sober fun like game night, movie night or a midnight race.
- Prioritize your mental health. The holiday season is stressful and you may already feel emotionally spent. Set limits and carve out extra time to relax, recharge and focus on your mental wellbeing.
- Reward yourself for staying sober. Getting through New Year’s Eve without a slip-up or relapse is a milestone and you deserve recognition for your hard work. Treat yourself to a massage or new pair of running sneakers or a fancy dinner after the festivities are over.
Recovery in the New Year
If you’re finally ready to take the courageous step to get help for drug or alcohol addiction, there’s no better time than today to make the call. The programs and activities at our Southern Florida drug and alcohol rehab are designed to give each client the tools he or she needs to succeed at recovery. To learn more, call 888-267-8070.