Attending a New Year’s Eve party tonight is a surefire way to challenge your sobriety. Especially if you’re new to recovery, you may consider finding a sober alternative or plan your own celebration with a few, close trusted friends or family members. It’s not too late to head to the movies, plan a potluck and have a dance party or go for a midnight run together.
Talk to your sponsor or addiction counselor and make the decision together. If you do decide to attend a party where there will likely be alcohol and/or drugs, make sure you follow a few steps to ensure a safe and sober end of the year:
- Practice self-care. Make sure you load up on healthy fat, lean protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables today. And take some time to take a brisk walk, meditate and, if possible, take a power nap. You’ll want to make sure your fed, rested and emotionally ready to stay strong in your recovery.
- Bring a sober buddy. Having a loved one by your side makes it that much easier to say no and stay accountable throughout the evening. Make an exit plan with your sober buddy prior to the party in case the evening becomes too overwhelming.
- Remind yourself why you’re sober. Instead of being nostalgic about your past partying days, think about all of the negative outcomes of getting drunk or getting high. Text yourself a few of these negative points as well as reasons why you choose recovery – and then refer to the list throughout the night. Don’t forget to charge your cell prior to the party.
- Have an excuse ready. You’ll likely be asked why you’re not drinking or using, so figure out what you want to say in advanced. How many details you do or don’t divulge is up to you – but having a script ready will ensure that you stay confident in your sobriety. Again, be sure to also have a sober buddy (either with you or via your phone) free to bail you out if you begin to struggle.
- Attend a 12-step meeting. Check your area for any meetings on New Year’s Eve and consider leaving the party early to ring in 2019 with others in the recovery community.
Embracing Recovery In 2019
BRC Recovery would like to wish everyone, with one week or 10 years of sobriety, a safe and sober New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use, we want to help. To learn about our programs, call us today: 866-905-4550.