Celebrating the holidays while in recovery can be challenging. It means navigating a host of events, get togethers, and family obligations while refraining from drug or alcohol use. New Year’s Eve wraps up the year and the winter holiday season, but it is a time when drinking is highly prevalent. Starting the New Year off right means thinking carefully about party plans and resolutions.
New Year’s Eve Festivities
Just because you are in recovery does not mean you can’t have a good time on New Year’s Eve. However, be conscientious in your decisions. Choose to spend the evening with friends who respect your recovery and will not tempt you to drink. Celebrate with sparkling grape juice or apple juice instead. Focus on playing games, listening to music, watching midnight countdowns, and other activities that will keep you distracted while having (sober) fun.
If you’re concerned about having a safe place to be on New Year’s Eve, host your own party. This gives you more control over the environment, activities, and guests. Be selective about who you invite and make sure they know it will be a sober evening – and they can respect that.
Attending a support group meeting prior to meeting up with friends can help you to stay in a positive frame of mind and reinforce your commitment to your sobriety. It can also ensure that you have a strong support network and people to call should you begin to feel overwhelmed or need someone to talk to. Have a list of a few individuals you can depend on, whether they’re in recovery themselves or not.
As the clock ticks closer to midnight, many people are focused on creating resolutions for the upcoming year. This can be a sticky situation if you are in recovery. While setting goals is good, you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself or set your expectations too high. Many people forget that resolutions are meant to be for the whole year – not something you must achieve within a few weeks – and then they are hard on themselves when they “fail” or get off track.
If you do choose to make resolutions this year, ensure that you’re setting goals for yourself, not because you think it’s what others want. Pick resolutions that support your recovery, such as journaling more often, trying meditation, taking a yoga class, asking for/accepting help, or volunteering. Do things that contribute to positive mental health and reducing risk of relapse. Remind yourself of how far you have come and how you’ve changed your life for the better thus far.
If you find yourself straying from your recovery, or facing relapse, seek the help you need at Seacliff to get back on track. From inpatient and outpatient programs to extended care and sober living, you can find a program that meets your needs wherever you are in your recovery journey.
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