Are you a recovering alcoholic, or know someone that is? The holidays, or any time of the year, can be scary when you are facing a lifelong battle with addiction. Some may seem worse than others, depending on who you are or what your vice of choice is, but one thing does remain the same, if you are in recovery then you have to have a survival plan in place at all times.
For the recovering alcoholic, pretty much all the holidays are high trigger possibilities. As we move closer to the summer, these months can bring on just as many weekly get togethers and parties as Christmastime it seems. For the sober crowd that can handle having a drink here and there, it's natural to want to get a group of adult friends and family together to have a cookout at the beach, or by the pool and share a few beers. This is especially true for the July 4th holiday weekend.
It seems like a nationwide tradition to include all sorts of adult beverages when it comes to having July 4th celebrations. This can make for a dreadful situation for the recovering alcoholic. If you are in a recovery situation you have to keep a few things in mind as we move closer and closer to July.
Have a Survival Plan
If you're a recovering alcoholic you don't have to hole yourself up inside and be a recluse for the holiday; you do have options. There are several things that you can do to have a good time, while keeping your sobriety at the forefront, over 4th of July. All you have to do is have a plan and stick with it.
Today is going to be part one in a short series on how to develop your own 4th of July sober survival guide. In the following posts, we continue with more great tips to add to your own personal arsenal of relapse defense tactics.
Make a List of Friends - First off, get out a piece of paper and write down the names of all the sober people that share your same core values. Call them up and see if they want to hang out, take a trip, or start a new 4th of July tradition.
Make a Budget - After you have assembled your team, create a budget. Have a group discussion to see what you can afford. The budget will control everything from your destination options if you're taking a trip, or what type of tradition you can start if you're staying close by.
Pick Your Spot - After you have your list and your budget sorted out, now it's time to get into the finer details of the planning. Here is where things will need to be really planned out for everyone that is fighting addiction problems that will be in your crew. Of course, these details all depend on what type of July 4th celebration you are having. We'll try to cover as many of the finer points of this plan in the next few posts.
To get started on part two of this series, go ahead and click right here. Don't forget to check out part 3 where we conclude the survival guide with more sobriety tips. You can find it by clicking here
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