While the festive period is one that many people look forward to, it might be a worrying one for those in the early stages of recovery from alcohol abuse. It can present several triggers that threaten their recovery. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy themselves and still have a sober Thanksgiving or recover at Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston. If you need advice on planning a sober Thanksgiving, reach out to our team today at 866.516.8356.
Let Them Know in Advance That You Won’t Be Drinking
Be honest with the people you plan to celebrate with this Thanksgiving. Informing them that you are in recovery will allow them to support you, doing their part in accommodating you. This interaction is why family therapy programs should be an integral part of addiction treatment. Involving your family and close friends in your recovery will allow them to know what’s best for you. They will not put you in situations that threaten your sober Thanksgiving and will avoid tempting you by offering you a drink.
Try Not to Show Up Too Early
Most of the drinking at Thanksgiving celebrations happens early on before the meal. Showing up a bit late to the party allows you to skip that part of the evening. Make sure you bring a dessert or dish to make up for arriving late. You could also help the host clean up afterward. This action will not just be helpful, but it would also keep you too busy to indulge.
Bring Yourself a Non-Alcoholic Drink
One way to ensure you’re not stuck drinking water the whole evening is to bring one of your favorite non-alcoholic drinks to the party. Besides having a drink in your hand that you can freely indulge in, you get to avoid the awkward questions about why you’re not drinking. Furthermore, most people won’t offer you a drink if you already have one in your hand.
Set Boundaries for Your Sober Thanksgiving
Clearly define your boundaries and ensure you stick to them throughout the festivities. If you planned to avoid even the smallest sip of alcohol, try not to make excuses that would allow you to indulge if someone offers you a drink. You could consider bringing your sponsor along or someone who will help keep you in check.
Monitor Your Stress Levels
Exposing yourself to stressful situations could increase the risks of relapse and, while holidays should be fun, they can quickly get too stressful. Always be aware of your stress levels. To be safe, make sure you carve out some time for daily self-care practices such as meditating, writing in your journal, or listening to calming music. You could come up with a bedtime routine that would help you unwind at the end of the day and allow you to get adequate rest.
Have an Exit Plan
Is the event becoming more stressful? Are you becoming more tempted? Ask yourself at what point of the evening will you need to leave. One of the perks of having a sober Thanksgiving is you will remain sober to drive, meaning you can leave the party whenever you need or want to.
Remember What You’re Thankful For
One of the best ways of enjoying your sober Thanksgiving is to be grateful for where you are now. Your journey to sobriety was probably not easy, and while it might not seem like much, you should celebrate every effort you put towards maintaining your recovery.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment at Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston
If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol abuse, you can use the above guide to enjoy a sober thanksgiving or seek treatment at Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston. Our professional medical staff and holistic approach to treatment help to increase the chances of lasting recovery. We offer treatment programs such as: