The holidays can mean fun, family time, get-togethers, fireworks, lakes, and sometimes parties and BBQ’s with Alcohol. If you are obligated by family responsibilities to attend one of this outtings that may have alcohol, it’s good to have a strategy. If you are feeling really uncomfortable about attending a drinking event you have a few options.
1. Don’t go. Your family/friends will get over it
2. Bring a sober friend
3. Tell people in your recovery network that you are going to a party and may need phone support. They will answer your calls when you call that day knowing you may be in need.
4. Have a quick response when someone offers you a drink. Ex:
Them: “Can I get you a beer or wine?”
You: “Do you have anything diet?”
If missing out on holiday fun is bringing you down, find some sober people to hang with. Do an impromptu BBQ, go canoeing, tubing, go watch the fireworks. Just because you can’t partake in alcoholic beverages, doesn’t mean you can’t have FUN!
If just the idea of the holidays makes you uncomfortable then hit A LOT OF MEETINGS. Hang out at an Alano Club or a recovery community organization. Stick with a sober friend.
These are just some quick tips to help get you through the holidays. If you have more, feel free to add them in the comments section.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day! Celebrate your independence from alcohol and drugs!!!