Ringing in the New Year without drugs and alcohol can be a real challenge for those in recovery. By the time the clock counts down to midnight, many will be under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Although it may seem as if the only safe way to get through the holiday is to isolate yourself away from all the festivities; the truth is that it is possible for you to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.
How About a New Year’s Eve Concert?
As an alternative to partying among the inebriated folk in the city or at the club – consider taking in a New Year’s Eve concert. Many of the most popular acts play throughout the year including on December 31st. It is possible that you may have to travel to a nearby city, but that is an extra treat in itself!
Attend a Meeting!
If you are feeling that the temptation is just too strong, why not attend a meeting and social event specifically for people in recovery. There are 12-Step New Year’s Eve events as well as non 12-Step events. Recovery meetings during the Christmas and New Year season are especially festive. If you have a sponsor, you may want to connect with them.
Plan a Themed New Year’s Eve Party!
Pick a theme and plan your own New Year’s Eve party. Invite other friends in recovery and make it a drug and alcohol free zone. If shooting your own fireworks is not possible, turn on the television when it gets close to midnight and watch the fireworks as a group while singing along to Auld Lang Syne. When the clock strikes midnight toast the New Year with sparkling cider.
Go To a Spa
Escape the hustle and bustle of the party atmosphere and go to a holistic spa. You can avoid any temptation to give in to substance use and can focus on your recovery. Indulge in a massage or mud bath. Spend the day doing yoga and meditating and relax the evening away curled up with a good book or write in a journal. You may want to read over the entries you’ve written in the past year, reflecting on how far you’ve come. Forget the television and the crowds, this New Years is all about you and recovery.
Surviving the Party without Relapse
If you receive an invite to a New Year’s Eve party that you simply cannot refuse, make sure that you take along a “wing man” who can offer recovery support. If you become uncomfortable at any time the best thing to do is leave. You’ve worked hard all year to stay sober and one night is not worth the relapse. Do you need help getting sober? Discover how IV therapy medical detox from Gallus Detox Center can help you start your New Year free from drugs and alcohol. Call 855-338-6929 today.