For people in recovery from addiction, fighting against urges can feel like a full-time job. When a holiday like New Year’s Eve, one of alcohol’s favorite celebrations, comes along, the job gets even harder. The reality is that New Year’s Eve comes every year regardless of whether or not you’re sober. It’s up to you to take steps to prevent a relapse and make it through the holiday without a drink. There are many ways to prepare yourself for New Year’s Eve, and a rehab aftercare program can help.
Oceanfront Recovery offers personalized aftercare to all clients, designed to fit their individual needs after their treatment program is completed. This may include family therapy to help repair relationships or connecting you with outside resources such as 12-Step meetings. Addiction doesn’t disappear after a rehab program; it’s a chronic illness that must be carefully managed like any other. Aftercare can help give you the tools to prevent relapse with confidence. For more information about Oceanfront Recovery’s rehabilitation and aftercare programs, call us at (877) 296-7477 today.
Preventing Relapse at a New Year’s Party
A New Year’s Eve party can be rife with triggers for your addiction, and it’s important to make a plan beforehand. Deciding what steps you’ll take to prevent relapse and keep yourself safe can be very helpful. Here are some suggestions to help you celebrate a sober New Year’s:
- Know when to skip it. This doesn’t mean ignoring the holiday altogether, but be careful about which invitations you accept. A small party with your family and neighbors might be less triggering than a huge rager filled with people you used to use.
- Give yourself space. It’s easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed at a party, especially if you’re trying to stay sober. Don’t be afraid to step outside for a few minutes if you need a break.
- Tell a friend. It’s a good idea to tell someone you’re close to that you’re not drinking. This goes for parties, too – if you’re going with a friend, spouse, or family member, mention that you’ll be sober. It will help you hold yourself accountable.
- Don’t stress about midnight. Will people drink as the clock strikes midnight? Yes. But not everyone – some will kiss, some will pull a confetti popper, and above all else, the focus won’t be on you. You can celebrate and join the fun without a drink in your hand.
A Sober New Year’s Eve
A sober New Year’s Eve does not mean a boring New Year’s Eve. There are lots of ways to stay in control and have a good time all at once. You might consider throwing your party. Having some friends over for a sober celebration could be lots of fun. Competitive board games, some good food, and watching the ball drop all make for a great time. There are also movies that you can set up to show a climactic moment right at midnight, with an online guide.
Sober activities like roller skating, bowling, and New Year’s fireworks can be fun, too, depending on your area. For many, removing alcohol from the equation and spending time with other sober friends can make all the difference in the world.
Rehab Aftercare with Oceanfront Recovery
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know the battle doesn’t end with sobriety. What we do know is how to give you the tools to make it last. Our rehabilitation and aftercare programs are designed to stick, and our personalized approach means that you get the most from your treatment. For more information about what we can do for you or your loved one, reach out today. Call us at (877) 296-7477 or complete our secure online form.