What would a sober St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? Any sober holiday is a big deal for men and women battling addiction. It means finding joy in that holiday but not having to turn to alcohol or drugs to do so. That may be what you used to do, but today, you have a new outlook. If you are working towards maintaining sobriety, we encourage you to reach out to Oceanfront Recovery for support.
Can You Have a Sober St. Patrick’s Day?
It is possible to create a sober holiday to celebrate without the need to use it. Those who have engaged in alcohol abuse on this holiday in the past can seem challenging to celebrate now. To do so, think-outside-the-box. Look for new and interesting ways to help yourself to have fun safely. Here are a few simple examples.
- Host your own green party. Invite friends and family over to celebrate at your home, where there is no alcohol present.
- Say no to parties and bar hopping. Instead, do something else that you love, such as going for a hike or spending some time on the beach.
- Check out the parade or festival that’s happening that day. Focus on family fun this day instead of alcohol consumption.
- Create Irish dishes and head back to the traditions you remember as a child. Instead of alcohol, focus on the food.
- Take a trip. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with what you cannot do, plan something to do that’s a bit more enjoyable. That may be just taking a few days off and enjoying a short vacation.
No matter what you do, the goal is to enjoy yourself. Even if that means watching the parade on television as you spend some time with friends and family.
Can You Go to the Bars and Still Enjoy a Sober St. Patrick’s Day?
For those with a history of alcohol abuse, putting yourself in a high-risk situation like this is never good. Even if you have years of experience under your belt, maintaining sobriety is difficult to do for many reasons. What’s most important is realizing that you’ve worked hard to get to this point. You do not want to do anything that could jeopardize your ability to get and stay healthy long term. Is it really worth going to the bar for a drink and putting all you’ve worked for on the line?
Signs Temptation Is Too High for a Sober Holiday
For those freshly into recovery, a holiday like this can be a challenge. It may cause you to start thinking about using it again. You may even try to rationalize that it is just one drink or that you are strong enough to avoid using it even if you celebrate with friends. You may think that it’s more important to honor your tradition of hanging out with friends.
Put those thoughts to the side. Instead, reach out to a therapist or your counselor immediately. These are signs of relapse risk.
Finding Your Way Forward Through Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
Even if you cannot stop using it right now, there are treatment programs that can help you get to that point. Our team at Oceanfront Recovery offers them to you including programs such as:
- Drug and alcohol detox services
- Intensive outpatient program
- Residential treatment program
- Executive rehab program
- Aftercare treatment program
- Sober living homes
Seek Out Treatment to Gain Strength – Call Oceanfront Recovery Today
You may be hoping for a sober St. Patrick’s Day, but your addiction limits you from considering that as an option. There is treatment available that can help. Our team at Oceanfront Recovery can offer it to you. To learn more, call our team at (877) 296-7477 or connect with us online now.