Just because we don't drink or use doesn't mean we can't have a great time!
Original Source: newbridgerecovery.com
The fourth of July is just around the corner and this is the perfect day to spend time with family and friends while we celebrate our country’s independence. It is also the perfect time to assert your own independence by taking care of yourself and saying no to alcohol.
Independence day is synonym to grilling, fireworks and of course, free-flowing booze. Alcohol is definitely not needed for a fun time but we understand it may be hard to feel like part of the celebrations when you may be the only one sober. Additionally, research shows that family/friends functions can often trigger a relapse given the nature of social gatherings where drinking is more often a component. However, you do not have to become another statistic, temptation can be easily avoided when you have a plan in place. To make this just a bit easier for you, we’ve put together our ten favorite tips to an enjoyable, alcohol-free, 4th of July:
- Attend a meeting: In preparation for the 4th, attend an extra meeting. Usually, more meetings are available during the holidays and it’s a great place to find much needed support and strength before the event. Search for a meeting close to you.
- Surround yourself with sober friends: Hang out with other people that understand your struggles and are on the same journey as you are.
- Have an exit plan in case you need to leave: Arrange for someone to pick you up, if you currently can’t drive.
- Throw your own sober party: Start your very own tradition and throw your own sober celebration in a place you are comfortable with people that support you.
- Bring along another sober friend: Work the buddy system to keep you in check. Plus, you will have a friend who won’t be partaking in the drinking so you are less likely to feel alone.
- Have a non-alcoholic drink with you at all times: This way your hands are occupied, and you’ll avoid people constantly asking if you want something to drink.
- Arrange for someone you can call for support: if you begin to feel overwhelmed, it is important to have someone you can reach out to. Ask a friend or a sponsor to please check-in with you from time to time.
- Don’t partake in dangerous situations: Avoid situations that may expose you to temptation and dangerous situations, for example don’t get on a boat or car if the person driving it is drinking.
- Have fun! Bring games or participate in a sport activity: Don’t stress too much, have fun, be active and stay busy participating in some friendly competition.
- Don’t go: If you feel this would be too much too handle and if you are very early in your recovery or do not feel strong enough to say ‘no’ with confidence, yet you can simply not go and take time to take care of yourself.