4th of July Celebrations: How to Stay Safe & Sober
Are you planning your 4th of July celebrations? Whether you’re new to sobriety or have maintained your newfound life for a while, it helps to plan ahead for special events and holidays so that you don’t end up in a triggering or frustrating situation. No matter how long you have in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, some days may be more difficult than others. Holidays can be particularly tricky for addicts and alcoholics.
Tips for Staying Sober for 4th of July Celebrations
During your 4th of July celebrations this year, make sure you don’t endanger yourself or your sobriety. Consider these tips ahead of time so that you can have fun this Independence Day and still hold onto your life in sobriety.
Surround Yourself with a Sober Network
Making sure that you surround yourself with the “right” crowd will play a critical role not only in keeping you sober for this 4th of July but also long-term. You can make plans to go see fireworks, check out a movie, or stay in with some sober friends or your sponsor. This keeps you accountable and you can all have a fun, sober Independence Day together! You don’t always have to surround yourself with a sober network, but it can help to have this type of support near you regularly and especially on holidays.
If you want to experience your 4th of July celebrations with some friends who aren’t sober or in a 12 Step Fellowship, then you may want to consider how the evening will play out and if you will be comfortable with the plans. For example, if your friends are planning on bar-hopping or throwing a big party, you may want to consider the triggers. This may not be the best group of friends for you if you are in early recovery either. Recovering from addiction can be hard enough, but when you place yourself with people who are actively drinking or using other substances, it can easily get to you and you may find yourself slipping back to old patterns or behaviors.
On the other hand, if you have plans with others who are not in recovery but also don’t suffer from the disease of addiction, then you may still just want to make sure that you have the phone numbers of your sponsor and/or sober supports in case you want to reach out or need support.
Plan for Festive Activities
No matter who you hang out with, it will help to have a plan set up. For example, fill your 4th of July with activities to do in celebration of the holiday, like going to see fireworks, hanging out at the beach, lighting sparklers outside, or having a barbecue with friends. When you set yourself up to have a busy but exciting day, you leave less time for triggers, cravings, or unsettling situations to occur. Instead, you’ll have a fun day planned out!
Check for Local Alcathons
Whether you are in early recovery or are an Old Timer, it will still help to check out where any local Alcathons may be taking place. Local Alcathons are when there are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every hour in honor of special holidays. This is because alcoholics know how tricky holidays can be, and support may be needed throughout the day.
Enjoy the Moment
Above all, make sure you leave room to enjoy the day. Whether you have an extra day off work or you’re planning something fun to brighten up the week and celebrate the holiday, it helps to enjoy each moment as it comes. This may sound like a difficult task, but the more you enjoy each moment at a time, the more you will be able to realize that you can get through any day sober as long as you take it one moment at a time.
Holidays can be tough, even 4th of July celebrations! Instead of setting yourself up to get triggered or unsettled, plan ahead so that you can enjoy the holiday. Addiction doesn’t have to be a death sentence, but recovery is a lifelong process.
If you are feeling stuck because you are suffering in active addiction to drugs and alcohol, there is hope. Alcoholics and addicts do recover, but with the help of treatment and support. The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs is here to help you by guiding you through the process of recovery. Call The Watershed today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: 4th of July, clean and sober, sober holiday, staying sober for the holidays