Enjoying the Holiday Festivities Without Alcohol
If you are a recovering alcoholic, attending holiday parties may seem cumbersome if you wish to avoid broadcasting your personal recovery status. But, being in recovery does not mean that you have to celebrate at home alone. In fact, enjoying the holiday festivities without alcohol has never been easier if you follow a few tips.
Do You Need a Reason?
Studies indicate that 68 percent of adults who work full-time partake in after-work hour drinks with colleagues. During the holiday season, many organizations throw company parties, most of which offer alcoholic beverages. For many in recovery, finding a reason to decline alcohol may seem awkward and while you may accept the drink but not actually drink it – for many that may be too tempting to their recovery. Consider this… there are a lot of reasons why an individual does not consume alcohol – not just because they are in recovery. For example, you could decline for health reasons such as migraines, or that alcohol counter-acts with medication or because it interferes with their diet. Some people use health training as a reason to avoid alcohol drinks. Or you could claim abstinence for religious purposes.
Holiday “Go To” Drink
If you attend a party – or throw one yourself – it is likely that there will be an array of holiday mixed drinks available. You can avoid the risk of temptation and relapse if you have a holiday “go to” drink. The obvious choice may be Ginger-Ale or Club Soda, but there are some other options to choose from such as a Cranberry Sparkler (blackberry puree and cranberry juice), Sleigh Driver (pear, cranberry and vanilla added to hot cider) and Pomegranate Soda (pomegranate with club soda fizz), to name a few… and don’t forget the garnish! For a night around the fireplace or fire-pit, stay warm with a Spicy Hot Chocolate (add cinnamon, nutmeg and chili pepper) or Eggnog Coffee.
The Holidays are Temporary… Sobriety is Forever
The six week time span between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are the most difficult for many in alcohol recovery to get through. Unlike summer holidays which only last for a day, the winter holiday season brings with it a variety of emotions and stress that make it difficult to enjoy and risky for relapse. Keep in mind that the season is temporary and although it will come and go; your commitment to your sobriety is forever. If you relapse during the holidays you will have to deal with it long after the holiday season ends. Many in alcohol recovery share that family support made it possible for them to stop drinking. Leaning on that support during the holidays is a good way to get through the festivities without relapse. Take the first step in recovery by getting sober with the help of Gallus Detox Center. The call is free and your confidentiality is our priority. 855-338-6929