Each time we approach a drinking holiday, it’s important to have a relapse prevention plan in mind. Gatherings and events surrounding Labor Day often involve drinking but certainly do not have to. It’s a good idea to plan sober activities in advance so you have an excuse to turn down invites to high-risk situations that could cause unnecessary temptations. Keep in mind that it’s always ok to tell someone directly that you’re simply unavailable. You do not need to go into specifics.
At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we know that holidays are a challenge for those in recovery. That’s why we have developed specialized programs to help those in recovery maintain sober living outside of treatment. Reach out to us at 833.625.0398 to speak with a trained staffer about how Fresh Start can help you navigate a sober Labor Day.
Enjoy Fun Activities for a Sober Labor Day
Consider attending a local parade for this sober Labor Day. These processions are enthusiastic and energetic, and a wide range of audiences may attend them. Even though you witness drinking among individuals in the crowd, parade organizers often discourage alcohol consumption at parades. If you do encounter alcohol, try to move to a different location where you can watch the event while avoiding triggers.
You can also host your own sober party and make sure there’s plenty of fun and games for both friends in recovery and those who are not. Alcohol is not required for your friends to enjoy themselves. Hosting your own party can be an inexpensive way to enjoy a day off from work. It allows you to spend quality time with family, friends, and colleagues without putting yourself at risk. Arranging a gathering also keeps you from having too much idle alone time that may lead to intrusive or negative thoughts that can lead to negative behaviors, including relapse.
If you do decide to attend someone’s barbeque, party, or celebration, consider taking along a selection of your own non-alcoholic beverages for yourself and others to share. It’s not just those in recovery who enjoy non-alcoholic beverages. Lots of people enjoy spending time with others without feeling the need to drink alcoholic beverages.
Avoid High-Risk Triggers
Drinking holidays like Labor Day can pose a tricky situation for those who want to engage socially without putting themselves at risk. Keep in mind that you can have a cup in your hand that is not filled with an alcoholic beverage. Just because you’re at a party doesn’t mean you have to drink. Consider filling your cup or glass with beverages such as:
- Mineral water
You can sip from the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice throughout an event, and no one will know the difference.
If being around alcohol may trigger cravings or painful memories of the past, it may be best to avoid barbeques and other events where drinking will occur in order to better manage a sober holiday. In advance, contact the event’s host to find out what they will serve at the party. This will give you time to change your plans if necessary.
Reach Out If You Need Support
Fresh Start Recovery Center has an effective and resourceful alumni program you can always turn to if you need additional support. Your peers can provide valuable support or give you the opportunity to help others who are currently struggling with addiction. By listening, supporting, and understanding others, you will find the inner strength you need to get through the difficult times.
Contact Fresh Start Recovery Center
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction or a substance abuse disorder, there is no time like the present to reach out for assistance. Early intervention is always best. The professionals at Fresh Start are ready to help support you on your personal journey to sobriety. We offer a wide range of programs and services tailored to fit your individual needs.
If you’re struggling with managing sober holidays, Fresh Start can help you work on developing a relapse prevention plan. Having a plan will help you with a range of challenges, such as:
- Stay emotionally and physically healthy
- Reconnect with friends, family, and coworkers
- Get connected with a local support group
- Develop strategies for overcoming your triggers
Reach out to Fresh Start today at 833.625.0398 to speak with a trained representative who can help you decide on the best path forward for you.