Holidays and Substance Abuse DisordersWhen you are in recovery, a significant part of maintaining your sobriety and abstinence is finding new ways to socialize and have fun without using drugs or alcohol. For many people, this can be especially difficult during the holidays. Since many people celebrate holidays with loved ones and family members, if you have a dysfunctional family or your home city is a trigger, celebrating a sober Thanksgiving may seem difficult. Acqua Recovery offers many group therapy programs in Utah if you need a safe setting to celebrate. During treatment and recovery, it is crucial to identify your triggers. Triggers can evolve and change over time, so it is always a good idea to discuss with your recovery support network any concerns you have during the holiday season. Holidays can also be difficult if you suffer from seasonal depression or experience excessive stress during the holidays. Besides making travel plans and visiting friends and loved ones, holidays can also cause financial problems, especially if you regularly buy gifts. Travel costs can also become high if you live far away from your friends or family so that the holidays can create a perfect storm of stress. Planning a sober Thanksgiving is a great way to protect your recovery and ensure that you have a proper plan in place to prepare for triggers.
What is a Sober Thanksgiving?A sober Thanksgiving is a way to embrace the holiday without risking your sobriety and abstinence. If you know the people you typically celebrate Thanksgiving with celebrates with a drink or use substances, a sober Thanksgiving plan helps you create an alternative option. Spend a sober Thanksgiving with friends, family members, or AA or NA friends. If you are active in AA or NA meetings, your sponsor is a great support system for creating a successful sober Thanksgiving plan. A sober Thanksgiving can include:
- Seeing a movie at a movie theatre
- Hosting a game night
- Having a sober Thanksgiving at your home or apartment
- Finding dry community events
- Communicate your recovery needs before the holiday with friends and family members