5 Ways to Stay Sober on St. Patrick’s Day
Will you be sober on St. Patrick’s Day this year? With St. Patrick’s Day on its way, it’s important to look at the real meaning behind the special occasion and come up with a plan to stay sober and refrain from using substances when you’re in recovery from addiction.
Ways to Stay Sober on St. Patrick’s Day
Isn’t St. Patrick’s Day dedicated to drinking and partying? How does anybody stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day? While you may find yourself wondering questions like these, the truth is that there are plenty of ways you can stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day – and still have a great, fun time!
1. Make Plans for St. Patrick’s Day
Whether you’re new to recovery or have racked up several years of clean time, it can be beneficial to come up with plans for holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, ahead of time. Addicts and alcoholics tend to place themselves in vulnerable or troubling situations when they haven’t come up with plans for the day. It is when they let their minds and days roam free that they tend to set themselves up to get triggered or find trouble. Make plans for this St. Patrick’s Day so that you have an idea of what you want to do and so that you don’t end up feeling lonely or in the mood to head to the nearest bar or club.
2. Avoid the Bars and Crazy Parties
It may be too triggering to be near a bar or club on St. Patrick’s Day. Unless you have a specific reason such as meeting for a special event, you really shouldn’t be going to bars or clubs anyways, especially in early recovery from addiction. Old, familiar places, people, and things can trigger unwanted responses towards alcohol and other drugs, so it’s best to steer clear of them, at least and especially when you are newly sober. Not to mention, bars and clubs can be filled with binge drinkers and wild partiers on St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s nothing you need to subject yourself to when you’re embarking on a newfound life in recovery.
3. Get Together with Your Sober Friends
A great way to ensure that you have a safe but fun St. Patrick’s Day is by planning to get together with your newfound sober friends. It can be helpful to surround yourself with others who are on the same path toward sobriety. This can allow for you and your sober supports to encourage one another and keep each other accountable, which can come in handy on a day like St. Patrick’s Day that is commonly associated with drinking and partying.
4. Check Out a Holiday Parade
You don’t have to be miserable and sober on St. Patrick’s Day, especially when there are tons of fun activities to enjoy, such as going to a holiday parade. Check to see if your town or nearby city is having a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Tell your friends and be sure to check out all of the colorful floats!
5. Get to a 12 Step Meeting
Even if you aren’t feeling triggered on St. Patrick’s Day, it may be a good idea to attend your regular 12 Step Fellowship meeting for the day or try going to a new one. If you don’t end up making plans, then it’s certainly always best to surround yourself with people who can relate and identify with your feelings. Holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day, can be tough, which is why going to a 12 Step Meeting can be critical.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to drink or use drugs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You can enjoy the special occasion without substances. Don’t forget that it is possible to remain sober on St. Patrick’s Day and any other holiday as long as you remember to keep up with your program of recovery.
Are you finding it tough to stay sober this St. Patrick’s Day, or any day for that matter? The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs offers a number of treatment programs that can help you start the process of recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Call The Watershed now at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: how to stay sober, Sober, sober holiday, st patricks day, staying sober