Happy Sober New Year
2019 is just around the corner and lets face it New Year’s Eve is a big deal for a lot of people with alcohol and/or addiction issues. It’s another one of those holidays that's a free-for-all booze fest, and everyone is invited. We can't all Party Like A Rockstar, because for people like us, we just don't know HOW and/or WHEN that "party" will end. Let's end the year right and stay sober! You will actually remember everything that happened, you won’t wake up and have no idea where you are, you won’t spend New Year’s Day trying to get out of jail, and you won’t be hungover like everyone else. Remember, it gets easier as you go, but you have to keep going. Here are a few tips to stay on your roll:
- Stand Your Ground – You may be surrounded by drinkers, so stick to your guns and turn down any offers of alcoholic beverages. If you don’t have sobriety, you have nothing, and this doesn’t need to be explained to anyone. “No” is a complete sentence. Don’t let anyone pressure you to drink; people that do, often have a problem themselves.
- Exit Stage Left – Have a plan in place so you can leave whenever you want to. If you drive, drive yourself. You can even let the ones you care about know beforehand that you may dip out early. What others think of you is none of your business, but keeping yourself safe, is.
- BYOD – Carry your own n/a drink. This will prevent others from trying to give you beverages, and it could also make the situation feel less awkward.
- Skip Alcohol-Fueled Parties and Do Something Different – Go out to dinner with friends who don’t want to drink, play board or card games, hit a movie…whatever it is, these are the things we didn’t get to enjoy when we were using or drinking, and now you can.
- Alcathons OR Marathon Meetings – These are round-the-clock AA meetings that are often a party in and of themselves. The holidays can be tough on addicts and alcoholics, and spending them together is a prime example of strength in numbers.
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