Remaining Sober During a Holiday

Sober Activities to Help Maintain Sobriety

Throughout the year there are a number of national holidays that are full of great food, good company, and, unfortunately, too much alcohol. If you are a newly sober individual, these occasions can be full of anxiety and fear. Learning how to cope with triggers is essential to maintaining your sobriety.

There are still many ways to have fun when you are sober. There is a misconceived notion among addicts that being sober is boring or lame when in reality, sobriety gives you the confidence to make sound decisions and choices. Having a clear mind will allow you to handle triggers and pressure much better.

Sober Party Ideas

  • Board Games: No party is complete without a host of fun board games. Gather a group of friends together for a weekly sober game night and enjoy the evening without individuals getting out of hand as a result of the over-consumption of alcohol.
  • Mocktails: Inform your friends that the party is going to be alcohol-free, but mocktails are welcome. This will reduce temptation as there will not be any sort of alcoholic beverages in sight, aiding in your sobriety.
  • Volleyball: If you have outdoor space such as a backyard, setting up a volleyball net is a great way to stay active and engaged without the presence of drugs or alcohol. Being outdoors is always a great way to spend your day and taking part in a sport that requires physical activity is also advantageous for you and your guests.

Ensure that there are many non-alcoholic beverage options such as water, juice, tea, coffee, and soda. The more variety of festive options that you have at your party, the more people will be engaged and entertained.

Trigger Management During Recovery

When you are in remission from addiction, you will be faced with times of temptation and pressure. Learning how to handle these pressures and urges to use will you better manage cravings when you have them.

Here are some tips that can help you better manage your recovery:

  • Know Your Triggers
  • Make a Plan for When you Encounter a Trigger
  • Don’t Put Yourself in Vulnerable Situations
  • Care for Yourself (Avoid being hungry, angry, lonely, tired)

Taking the proper precautions when you are in recovery can help you better manage your addiction and avoid situations that may pressure you or cause a relapse. To a newly sober individual, relapse is most feared, as they have just come such a long way in reaching their goal of sustained sobriety. By avoiding situations that will lessen triggers, you are taking the right steps in maintaining your abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Some common triggers to avoid are:

  • Stress
  • Certain individuals
  • Various smells
  • Ceratin moods
  • Locations

By reducing your exposure to these triggers you are avoiding situations that may trigger a relapse. Addiction recovery is something that will continuously have to be worked on as addiction is a chronic disease that can make its way back into your life without the proper support.  

It’s important that you seek help for your addiction now before the disease worsens. Since addiction is a progressive disease, it will continue to worsen over time.

Sources:

https://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/resources/trigger-management-in-addiction-recovery/

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/relapse-prevention/?utm_source=social

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.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.