Sobriety is a hard-won battle. Holidays can be some of the most difficult times to maintain sobriety, especially when it’s one that has memories of alcohol consumption. A sober St. Patrick’s Day is an option. It may take a bit more planning and breaking with tradition. It may also take being surrounded by people who can support you. It is worth it. Serenity Light Recovery can offer help to get you to that point.
How to Celebrate a Sober St. Patrick’s Day
This year, make St. Patrick’s Day about all that you have accomplished in your sobriety. If you think back and miss drinking during this holiday, remember what was attached to that – pain, heartbreak, health risks, and loss. Instead, focus on what good things can come from a holiday without alcohol.
Be creative in coming up with things to do and experience. Here are a few key options that may help you get started.
- Head to the parade this year with friends and family who do not drink, perhaps the kids in the family. See it from a new view, one that is not clouded with alcohol. It can be a lot of fun.
- Dress the part. Wear green. Go about your day paying homage to your heritage.
- Celebrate with a meal that’s very Irish. Look for something your grandparents ate or that you consumed as a child. Cabbage and potatoes may be just what you need.
- Host your own get together at home. Ensure everyone brings something to fit the Irish theme. Make sure everyone knows it’s an alcohol-free event.
- Watch some old Irish classics. These movies are sure to focus on leprechaun fun and put a spring in your step.
Don’t think about what you are not doing. Find new ways to have fun. You may even find that this is a good time to take a weekend trip. Do something you used to do with family or friends when you were younger. Share those traditions with the next generation as well.
Know the Signs of Alcohol Addiction
It’s common to miss holidays celebrated in traditional ways. Yet, if you long to drink alcohol again or you have thoughts of relapsing, it’s time to get addiction help. Relapse doesn’t happen instantly for many people. Rather, it builds up over time. You start thinking about it, reminiscing, and soon you are craving the substance again. If a sober St. Patrick’s Day seems to be truly upsetting to you, it may be time to consider getting back into treatment.
Alcohol abuse again can be much worse, leading to numerous health risks and the potential to overdose. That’s why additional alcohol addiction help is best. Getting back into treatment is best, even if it is just a meeting with your therapist.
If you are already drinking again, it’s even more important to get help as soon as possible. Our team at Serenity Light Recovery can offer help. We offer a range of treatment programs that can support your needs both as a way to prevent the onset of relapse as well as manage relapse. Some of the treatment options we offer that could help you include:
- Alcohol detox programs
- Residential addiction treatment
- Outpatient rehab programs
- Intensive outpatient program
- Aftercare treatment programs
- Relapse prevention plans
Make the Decision to Get Help – Call Serenity Light Recovery
Plan a sober St. Patrick’s Day that you and your loved ones can enjoy together. With a bit of creative thinking, you are sure to find a way to create a successful day. However, if alcohol addiction is still a problem, or concern for relapse exists, don’t wait to call for help. Reach out to Serenity Light Recovery by calling 855.658.6109 or connect with us online today.