If you are in recovery from an alcohol addiction, St. Patrick’s Day may be a big trigger for you. It may seem like a day when drinking is a necessity; especially if you go to a party. It can be a problem for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction or who have a drinking problem. However, it doesn’t have to be, there are some amazing ways to stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to keep your sobriety, follow these tips and implement them into your life.
Checking Your Motivation
Where is your motivation level at? If you were to rate your motivation from 1 to 10, where would you be? Are you motivated to stay sober and in recovery? Sometimes recovering alcoholics need to remind themselves to stay focused on their recovery and the big picture. Around St. Patrick’s Day is when you need to remind yourself why you got sober in the first place. Remind yourself why your life is so much better when sober. Think about how drinking affected your family, your work, your friends and your life. By reminding yourself of these things, you can increase your motivation and focus on your recovery, instead of drinking again.
Building Your Support Network
If you are looking for ways to stay sober for St. Patrick’s Day, start by building your support network. Your support network is going to be important, especially on days when you feel cravings and are having a tough time staying sober. Who is there for you in your life? Who in your life wants to see you stay sober? If there are new people in your life, be sure to add them to your support network. They can be your guiding force behind keeping yourself sober during the time around St. Patrick’s Day. Do you have other recovering alcoholics in your support network? If so, be sure to call them up around this time and see if you can spend time with them.
Having a Plan in Place
If you want to stay sober for St. Patrick’s Day, then it’s important to have a plan in place. Think about your recovery and sobriety goals. You know that certain holidays and days are high risk for you, and St. Patrick’s Day may be one of them. If this is the case, create a plan for yourself. It might include staying home to watch movies and have a homemade dinner. The plan might include going to another recovering alcoholic’s home. You might want to go to the movie theater, play laser tag, or do something fun, while staying sober. Make your plan and stick to it. Having a plan in place makes it easier to say no if someone wants you to go out and party.
It’s Only One Day
St. Patrick’s Day is just one day. It doesn’t matter how you think about it, the day only lasts 24 hours, just like any other day. You might feel isolated that you are “missing” out; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can have other sober friends over and have an alcohol-free St. Patrick’s Day party. You can do an enjoyable hobby or spend the day working on your recovery; there are so many sober activities to fill up your day. You can also just sit home and relax. No matter what you decide to do, just remember, St. Patrick’s Day is only one day. You can get through it sober.
Sober Party for St. Patrick’s Day
As mentioned above, you can host a sober party for St. Patrick’s Day, there are many ways you could do this. You can invite other recovering alcoholics, or family members and friends who support your sobriety. You could also hold a neighborhood or community sober party. Maybe there is a venue, a church, a park or a town hall that can be rented. Everyone who attends will be sober. People could bring non-alcoholic drinks and food. You and others in your community can have fun without alcohol. You could host games, have movies, entertain with music, and much more.
Do you want to say sober for St. Patrick’s Day? If so, hopefully these 5 tips will help. You can have fun without alcohol. Plan your St. Patrick’s Day using these 5 tips today.
If you have relapsed and need help during this time, contact a rehab center today.