The Fourth of July is known as a festive holiday. It’s when people celebrate the United States’ independence. Now what goes along with celebrating and partying, are drugs and alcohol. That’s why it is important for recovering addicts to make sure they will not give in to these temptations. For alcoholics or those in recovery, the Fourth of July can be a challenging time – and they may find themselves on the verge of relapsing if they are not careful.
Sober Activities for the Fourth of July
Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th to celebrate the Declaration of Independence’s birth and the United States as an independent nation. July fourth celebrations usually include fireworks, cookouts, and alcohol. These celebrations are often a challenge for those in recovery because of past associations with the holiday.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is the most dangerous day for drivers. Approximately forty-two percent of car accidents on this day involve drunk drivers. The Fourth of July can still be fun without alcohol, though.
Here are a few ideas to enjoy sober activities for the Fourth of July:
-Make a promise to yourself to not use drugs or alcohol. Instead, catch up with family and friends, enjoy the food at the cookout, and listen to music or play games.
-Plan a alcohol-free party and create tasty new non-alcoholic drinks for your guests. Sparkling water with fruits and non-alcoholic frozen drinks are great additions to the theme.
-Find some Fourth of July recipes on Pinterest and try them out.
-Create a cool playlist and enjoy dancing.
-Go out to dinner at a place you have not been to.
-Take some memorable pictures with your friends and family.
Trust Your Instincts!
This Fourth of July will be a true celebration for addicts AND their loved ones if they promise to stay sober. One day of partying and fun is not worth ruining the recovery progress. Creating new, positive, memories that include “sober fun” this Fourth of July will be a start to change. Trust your instincts.
This Fourth of July, recovering addicts need to make it a priority to stay clean and sober. Sobriety always comes first. Choosing the best parties and activities to make these priorities happen is a must. That doesn’t mean that there can’t be fun involved. Recovering addicts should also talk with their sponsors about what to do to be safe this holiday.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.