After rehab, different challenges come up that you may not anticipate while in an alcohol or drug detox program. These challenges consist of people, places, and things that trigger your desire to drink or use drugs. One of the top triggers for substance use is holidays, particularly those that revolve around parties, such as Halloween. As a kid, Halloween brings up thoughts of candy, costumes, and Trick-or-Treating. However, as an adult, Halloween fun tends to transition to grown-up costume parties laden with alcohol and other illicit treats. If you have gone through rehab due to substance use disorder, you know that your Halloween tradition needs to change. Is it possible to enjoy a sober Halloween?
At Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston, we want you to be able to continue enjoying the holidays without interfering with your sobriety. After you complete one of our alcohol or drug detox programs, we will continue to support you with ongoing addiction treatment and an alumni program. These programs help facilitate lasting recovery with behavioral and holistic therapies that address underlying issues and triggers that lead to relapse. Call us today at 866.516.8356 to get the support and guidance you need to navigate a fun, sober Halloween and beyond.
Sober Activities for Halloween Fun
Just because you are not drinking does not mean you have to sit at home alone watching the Halloween movie marathon with a bowl full of candy. You can enjoy various sober activities to celebrate this spooky holiday, whether you want to get out and socialize or you prefer your own company. Below are some fun ideas for sober activities to help support your lasting recovery this Halloween.
Throw an Alcohol-Free Halloween Party
You can still throw a Halloween party without having alcohol. If you host the party, that can make it easier to control the content of your refreshments. Be sure to let your guests know ahead of time that it is a sober party to avoid any awkwardness or temptation.
BYO Mocktails to a Halloween Party
One of the easiest ways to transition to a sober Halloween without missing out on parties with friends is swapping alcoholic drinks with mocktails. There are plenty of festive Halloween-themed mocktail recipes online. Just pick one, shop for the ingredients, and bring them with you to the party.
See a Halloween-Themed Movie
Movie theaters are the perfect place to spend a sober Halloween night. Load up on treats, relax into a comfy reclining chair, and enjoy the latest horror film with some friends or by yourself. If you prefer to stay home, you can hold your own Halloween-themed movie marathon at home alone or with others. Order a pizza and sample some candy from the trick-or-treaters’ bowl as you enjoy your favorite Halloween flicks.
Go All Out with Your Halloween Costume and Scare Some Trick-or-Treaters
One of the most fun things about Halloween is getting dressed up. Kids going out trick-or-treating also get a kick out of it when adults join in on the fun of getting into costume. If you stay in for Halloween, make the most of it by dressing up and making some kids scream.
Visit Haunted Attractions
There are several options for fun Halloween attractions, including corn mazes, haunted houses, and even ghost tours. Most haunted attractions are naturally alcohol-free, so you will not have to worry about temptation. Instead of alcohol, you will typically find apple cider and hot chocolate served as these attractions so that you can enjoy a festive drink without the alcohol. Grab some friends or family members and get ready for some sober scares.
Seek Support at Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston Today
With the support of Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston, you can enjoy Halloween and any other festive occasion confidently without alcohol or drugs. We can help you design a relapse prevention plan to address your triggers so you can have all the fun without the temptation of substance use. Call us today at 866.516.8356 to learn more about the ongoing support of an alumni program.