Can you have a sober New Year and still enjoy yourself? The answer to that question is yes. If you are in recovery from alcohol abuse, New Year’s Eve can seem like the biggest challenge you’ve faced yet. However, with a bit of planning and care, you may be able to enjoy an exceptional experience without having to worry about breaking your sober living commitments. At Serenity Light Recovery, we can help you achieve these goals.
Plan a Sober New Year
The best way to stay on the path to sober living is to plan for how you will do so. That is, don’t wait until that night to have plans to get out and have fun. Instead, recognizing your risks for relapse of alcohol abuse, create a new plan for that day now. No matter what you have done in the past, this year, it is important to have a plan for sober living success.
Consider a few simple ideas:
- Go away for a short trip with friends.
- Go camping or on a road trip without access to alcohol.
- Spend the night at home binge-watching your favorite movies.
- Host an elegant meal for friends in your home without alcohol.
- Plan some family-friendly fun locally.
Host an Alcohol-Free Experience
If you have friends who are committed to helping you to remain sober, or perhaps just a significant other that you want to spend the night with celebrating, make that the priority. That is, create your own experience that does not include access to alcohol. You don’t have to get drunk to have some fun.
Make it a Family Experience
Instead of focusing on adult parties and get-togethers, make this year about you and the kids. You can skip the alcohol easier when you have kids around you. Many cities have celebrations that include the whole family. That may be a better way to spend your night than with all of the people around you at a party.
Make This Sober New Year About Other People
Another way to plan a sober New Year is to put yourself in the shoes of someone that really needs help. You may have a friend or family member that’s using drugs or alcohol so much so that you know they have an addiction. Why not help them to get into treatment? You can go to an AA meeting and talk about what sober living has helped you to accomplish this year, too.
There are often men and women receiving addiction treatment for alcohol abuse during the New Year. It may help them if you stop by at the treatment center to offer encouragement that they are on the right path.
Most Importantly, Keep Your Sober Living a Focus
When it comes to planning a sober New Year, recognize your unique needs during this time. Do you feel like you are thinking about drinking again? Do you feel stress and cravings creeping up? Are you overwhelmed with the inability to refrain from use? If that’s happening, it’s time to get help now before you relapse.
Our team can offer the support you need through sober living programs and addiction to alcohol abuse treatment. This includes help through programs such as:
- Group therapy programs
- 12 step programs
- Aftercare program support
- Relapse prevention programs
- Outpatient therapy programs
Get the Support You Need for a Sober New Year at Serenity Light Recovery
When it comes to sober living, the very best way to maintain it is to engage in treatment when you are at risk. Alcohol abuse does not have to take over your life. Plan your sober New Year with our team at Serenity Light Recovery. Allow our professionals to help you get the care and support you need to ensure your sobriety isn’t at risk this year. Call 855.658.6109 to learn more.