How we approach a normal situation completely changes after addiction. Everything from going to work to trying to sleep at night changes once you’re free from the clutches of addiction. Some of these changes are great; you can approach situations without worrying about being able to get high, and you’ll find it easier to be yourself. However, some situations can be more difficult to handle once sober, at least in the early stages of recovery. For many in recovery, celebrations of any kind can be stressful and difficult to handle without drugs or alcohol. However, there are plenty of ways to avoid the anxiety and temptation that comes with celebrating holidays or other events.
Alcohol has become somewhat of a de facto staple of celebrating any occasion. While this is fun for those who don’t struggle with alcoholism, for those that do this can be a hindrance to their enjoyment and to a greater extent their well-being. Navigating a social situation that involves a lot of alcohol can be overwhelming for someone in recovery, and the temptation can sometimes be too much. However, with some planning and preparation, keeping yourself safe in these situations can be fun and rewarding.
Having someone with you who also doesn’t drink can be a great way to maintain emotional support throughout the night, and can also give you someone to talk to. Having someone with you can make a world of difference in these situations, as you’ll feel safe and secure in the presence of someone who understands you and your recovery.
Have a Plan
Having a plan for your night of celebrating can also be extremely valuable. Plan your time, and understand your limits. If you know that after an hour, the temptation to drink or do drugs might become too great, you should plan to leave around then. While sticking to a plan can be difficult, remember why you’ve made the plan in the first place. If you’re sobriety is at stake, any plan is worth sticking to, no matter how difficult it may be.
Know Your Limits
The most important thing you can do when attending a celebration of any kind is to know your limits. If you’re aware of your limits, you can more easily understand when you’re in danger. Knowing your limits is important beyond attending celebrations. It may very well be one of the most important factors in recovery, and it will serve you well long after you’ve overcome your addiction.