31 Dec 5 Ways to Stay Sober on New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest parties of the year. Alcohol is a staple at almost all celebrations. It’s a difficult temptation for those who struggle with sobriety. This puts recovering alcoholics at a high risk of relapse. So you have to be cautious and you have to work hard on nights like this. Here are a few ways to fight the temptation and protect yourself from relapse:
Avoid parties where you know alcohol will be served.
We know that’s easier said than done. So if you can’t get out of a celebration where alcohol will be served, keep reading, we have strategies for just such occasions.
Bring a friend.
Go to the party with a friend that knows about your struggles. This friend is there to support you during the temptation and to steer you clear if it gets too tough. You friends and family have supported you to this point and helped you get sober, now ask for their help one more time. It’s not likely they’ll say no.
Devise an escape plan.
You’ve arrived at the party. You’re having fun.Then temptation hits you. What do you do? Leave. Remove yourself from the situation. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Call a friend, family member or sponsor. But the first step is to get away from the temptation. So know the way out. Know the neighborhood in case you need someone to come get you. Have the number for a taxi company or the Uber app on your phone. Just know how to get away.
Be the host.
If it’s your own party, then you’re in control of what comes in and out. Invite other friends who are struggling with sobriety. They’re probably looking for a safe place to hang out and celebrate with friends, just like you.
Don’t miss out.
Avoiding parties is probably the best way to protect yourself from the temptation. But staying home alone and thinking about missing out on the fun can be just as dangerous. So be sure to do something. That doesn’t have to be a celebration. It could be volunteering, going to a meeting, hanging out at a friend’s house or just spending time with your own family. New Year’s is a big deal. You should be celebrating. You accomplished a lot this year. You’re sober. What more could you ask for going into 2015.
Happy New Year.