New Year’s Eve, once a holiday for celebrating a fresh start, is now associated with overindulgence and substance abuse, presenting a potential problem for those going through recovery.
Fortunately, there are effective tools and alternative options for having a sober celebration.
– a women’s drug rehab center in Florida – offer sober celebrations tips to keep your sobriety intact through the holidays and in the year to come.
“Women in recovery often find New Year’s Eve a challenging time, because it brings up memories of past events where they may have relied on alcohol to fuel the celebrations,” said Ben Brafman, founder and CEO of Destination Hope. “We’ve found that the key to sobriety is finding alternative ways of celebrating.”
If attending a party that has alcohol present, keep a non-alcoholic beverage in hands, practice saying ‘no’ to the offer of alcohol and try attending the party with a trusted friend who can keep you on track. And remember that, in the morning, while everyone is fighting off a hangover, you’ll be feeling great.
Parties, however, are just one option for celebrating the New Year.
“We remind the women in our program that there are so many other ways to ring in the New Year,” said Brafman. “They can stay at home or family, watching the ball drop on TV with a mug of hot chocolate.”
Other suggestions include:
· Attending a musical performance, play or comedy show
· Volunteering for a local charity
· Going to the movies
· Visiting a friend or family member
· Going to a spa
· Hosting a party serving mocktails (alcohol-free beverages)
Whether in recovery or not, New Year’s Eve can be a stressful event that often fails to live up to expectations. By changing the traditions around, individuals can avoid setting themselves up for disappointment.
Instead, infuse the evening with joy and love by making it a celebration of family and health, not health.
“So many people feel the pressure to go ‘all out’ for New Year’s Eve,” said Brafman. “The truth is, that’s completely unnecessary and they often wind up feeling let down. Having a sober celebration means being fully present for the entire evening, not to mention the following day.”
Instead of focusing on New Year’s Eve, think about January 1st and what goals you want to accomplish this year. Start by making new memories with a sober celebration that set the tone for the year to come.
The New Year should be about making resolutions to help improve one’s current health and mental state, not about disappointment and regret.
Staying sober during the holidays and throughout the year will not only improve your current state, but can also decrease your health and life insurance premiums. This is because insurance companies reward healthy people with lower rates.