Every year Halloween kicks off the holiday season, and we cannot forget that this could very well the start of the hardest time of the year for recovering individuals who are coping with past wounds and current obstacles. Staying sober and staying disciplined can be a very difficult task as opportunities to use drugs or drink are much higher during this time of the year.
If you are in recovery, the most important thing to remember is that you can do it. You can continue on the path to recovery as you have been doing all along. Having fun and enjoying life with family and friends is not synonymous with drinking or using drugs. Most people who succeed in recovery can tell you that having a strong plan beforehand can go a long way to ensure not only a festive Halloween celebration but a happy and sober holiday season. If you haven’t done it yet, this is the time to make the traditions to hosting your own sober Halloween party.
The safe sober tips below are just a reminder as sometimes we can forget what we have learned in relapse prevention treatment sessions.
- Stay close to family and friends allowing you to choose to be around those whom you trust to have your best in mind
- Avoid the unnecessary stress by perhaps not putting yourself in a position to have to argue why even one drink is not OK
- Remember the triggers and stay away from settings that lead to relapse
- Create an enjoyable and safe environment not only for yourself but for your friends in recovery by inviting them to your own sober party
- Be always ready and prepared by taking a sober friend with you to party that you are not sure if is a sober safe one and have a response ready for unsolicited drink offers. Also, have your own transportation in case you feel you are jeopardizing your recovery, and wish to leave the party.
- Do not hesitate to ask for help and advice whenever you feel the possibility of a relapse. It helps to know that you are not the problem, but the solution
- Finally, don’t forget the joy of giving back to your community by volunteering at your local shelter or nursing home
Despite perfect planning, sometimes things can go wrong. So, do your best to not put yourself in a “sticky” situation. If you can’t get out there, don’t do it yet.
From all of us at Florida Center for Recovery, have a sober and fun Halloween and a fabulous Holiday Season Kick-off.