Are you planning your New Year's Eve festivities already? Do you have traditions you keep this time of year? If so, you might be spending it with friends or family. Unfortunately, most events involve alcohol during New Year's. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Asheville NC, we know that this season is one big trigger for cravings for people recovering from an alcohol addiction.
Staying sober during the holidays can sometimes be quite a challenge. With parties, celebrations, gatherings and other activities, it seems like alcohol is ready and waiting for you, no matter where you go.
It can be difficult to choose to stay sober during this time, especially for those that are recovering from an alcohol addiction. Even those that aren't tend to drink more than normal this time of year.
Many people use New Year's Eve as one big excuse to party the entire night away. Whether you're at a bar, a friend's house or club, partying the night away seems to be a trend for most. However, there are better ways to spend your time ringing in the new year. Staying sober is possible, as long as you know what to do. Even those who are recovering from an alcohol addiction can stay sober this upcoming holiday.
Below, you will find several tips that help! If you, or someone you care about needs help with addiction, please call our drug and alcohol treatment center in Asheville NC today.
Staying Sober On New Year's Eve in Asheville NC
New Year's Eve should be a time to celebrate your past year's accomplishments and hope for the new year. Keep that in mind when you are attending an event that offers alcohol. Drinking the night away won't leave you reflecting on your past and future. Consider celebrating with a small group of sober friends. You'll have more fun, stay away from alcohol and be able to keep the real reason for this holiday in mind.
Make a plan and stick to it. Choose to attend things that do not involve alcohol. Hang out with people who you know will not drink. You have time to make a plan now. Planning ahead will keep you from feeling the pressure when it comes to declining invitations. Even if you don't have anything specific in mind, you know you are planning to stay sober. That in itself is a plan. Stick with that and use that as your excuse.
Stay away from non-alcoholic beer. Even though it says it's nonalcoholic there is a small percentage of alcohol in it. This could be a trigger for more cravings. Once you've had the taste it's hard to go back.
Make yourself a batch of nonalcoholic beverages that have no alcohol in them. This could be helpful when you go to a party that is serving alcohol. Not only will it help you feel more comfortable, but it will also keep people from offering you a drink.
If you're feeling too much pressure to accept an invitation where you know there will be drinking, take in a few support group meetings before you make your decision. Being around others who were dealing with the same thing you are can help you with the pressure. It can calm your nerves and give you a better perspective of why it's OK to say no thanks.
Going out on New Year's Eve is dangerous. Drunk drivers are everywhere. To ensure your safety, stay at home. Have your own party. Invite loved ones to come watch movies, eat a delicious meal and spend the night if they're worried about encountering drunk drivers on their way home. This will be a fun, safe way to ring in the new year without having to worry about alcoholic incidences.
If you must attend a party or event that has alcohol, take a sober friend with you. They'll help you stay away from drinking. You can hold each other accountable. Also, consider volunteering to be the designated driver. When you know people are relying on you to get them home safely you'll have a better perspective on why you shouldn't drink alcohol. Even one drink could lead to an accident. This is a great reason not to drink, in addition to sticking with your recovery.
If you do go to a party where alcohol is involved and you don't bring your own nonalcoholic drinks, stay away from all types of drinks that are offered to you. Even if they assure you there's nothing in it, it's possible there is. Nothing is safe at a party.
Don't set your expectations too high. Expect the unexpected and know that this year will be different from years past. Your idea of fun is different now. Staying sober through the holidays may not be ideal but it is healthy and will make you happy in the long run. Don't assume you're going to have a fantastic time or a terrible time. Just let the evening unfold and relax.
Be sure to eat a healthy diet during the holidays, as well. If you get rundown and stressed, eating food that's bad for you can cause a craving. This can be difficult to fight when blood sugar is low and nutrition is down.
Be sure to take care of yourself. Take time to relax and de-stress. Don't get so busy that you forget about taking time for you.
Go ahead and set your New Year's resolution. Have a sober year plan. You may have had one last year, but why not strive for the same thing again? This will help you stick to your plan of not drinking on New Year's. Recovery is something that takes continual work. The moment you think that you're fully recovered with no worry of a relapse, cravings strike. You might unintentionally give in. Continue going to meetings, therapy and lean on your support group to help you continue your recovery for 2017.
Don't feel pressured to do anything that doesn't make you feel comfortable this holiday. Stay sober and be happy you've made this choice!
Dependable Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Asheville NC
Legacy Freedom of Asheville NC isn’t like any other type of alcohol or drug treatment center you will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use so that they can learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:
- adventure therapy
- comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
- drug testing
- dual diagnosis
- family therapy
- group therapy
- individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
- life skills
- parental support and assistance
Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about how our drug and alcohol treatment center in Asheville NC can help your loved one learn how to rejoin life in a drug-free way.