New Year’s Eve is known to be one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. It is common for people to drink alcohol in excess while at a New Year’s Eve party, nightclub, or event. Even though it is a tradition to bring in the New Year with a toast, it doesn’t have to be your tradition if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Every year, thousands of people use poor judgement and partake in dangerous levels of alcohol consumption. The holiday has become synonymous with high rates of drunk driving accidents, and an even higher rate of arrests for driving under the influence.
Drugs are also a part of many people’s celebrations for the New Year. Marijuana is commonly used to celebrate, as well as harder “party” drugs like Cocaine, Ecstasy, and MDMA (Molly).
Chances are, if you are struggling with maintaining your sobriety, these types of parties have the potential to cause you to relapse. Peer pressure is powerful. Seeing your friends and relatives using drugs and alcohol can be a powerful influence over you.
We have compiled 10 ways to help you get have fun on New Year’s Eve and avoid a relapse at the same time. Here are the top 10 ways to celebrate the New Year if you are in recovery:
By planning alternate events, hosting your own, or finding things to do that won’t be focused on alcohol, you will increase your odds of having a fun holiday that will not cause a setback in your recovery process. Reflect on the progress you have made in your recovery journey. Don’t let one night of unnecessary temptation distract you from your goal of living a healthy, sober lifestyle.
Imagine that you are on your way to a “small get-together”, but when walk in the door you see all the drinks and drugs you used to abused. Just then it hits you like a ton of bricks – you are in a bad situation. You know if you stay you may relapse.
First, understand that a relapse can happen and forgive yourself. By forgiving yourself, you can move forward and take steps to identify why it happened and learn how to prevent it from happening again. Be open and honest about your relapse with people that can help you. If you are active in your recovery, seek guidance from your therapist. Discuss your behavior, thought patterns, and decisions that put you in a position where relapse was possible. Most importantly, learn all you can from your mistake to prevent history from repeating itself in the future.
The staff of Pride Recovery Center wishes everyone a safe, sober, and fun New Year. If you ever need guidance about how to handle the holidays, we encourage you to reach out and speak with us. The holidays can be a difficult time for people living with addiction. If you need some extra help this holiday season, give us a call. Let’s make 2020 the year where you can hold your head high knowing you have conquered your addiction and are living drug and alcohol free. Happy holidays!
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