Thanksgiving Day is filled with many traditions. The kids come home from college, the house smells of wonderful home-cooked meals, and the family gets together to celebrate. Quite often, Thanksgiving also involves alcohol and, sometimes, drugs. But what if you want to have a sober Thanksgiving?
For some in recovery, that can be a real challenge. Alcohol is plentiful and nearby. Festive family and friends encourage you to take a little sip. For many, having a sober Thanksgiving, free of substance abuse, is a real challenge.
Take the time to think through how to keep yourself on the right path. Through planning and good communication, a sober Thanksgiving is within your grasp and Victory Bay Recovery Center can help.
It’s perfectly normal to feel apprehension about attending the yearly family gathering. Sometimes the variables are not always in your control, and it can trip up your recovery.
Here are three ways of dealing with the pressure to secure a sober Thanksgiving:
The work to ensure a sober Thanksgiving will be worth it on your road to recovery.
You might have to go off on your own to stay with your goals for sobriety. Planning your event puts you back in control of your destiny.
Here are some ideas:
Sobriety is a hard-earned challenge. Getting through the holidays with a sober Thanksgiving is something that you can achieve.
People in recovery want to have a sober Thanksgiving. But they also want sobriety the entire year. Part of what you learn in therapy and aftercare is about the lifestyle changes you may need to make for that to happen.
For example, you may have to adjust your base of friends. Those who you enjoyed spending time with may represent bad influences. Perhaps they’re insensitive to your choice of sobriety. Or, maybe they remind you of places and events that trigger the “old” way of thinking.
You also should plan for making different choices to keep you healthy. You may want to take up a hobby, such as enjoying the outdoors, painting, or learning to play music. Get some exercise. Eat right.
Whatever it is, these lifestyle choices can help you have a sober Thanksgiving, free of substance abuse.
The holidays are pressure-packed. If you are in recovery, the pressure to drink alcoholic beverages or use drugs may be among your stressors. If you feel challenged to maintain a sober Thanksgiving, use the coping tools you’ve learned — ones that are also taught at Victory Bay Recovery Center.
Based in New Jersey, Victory Bay Recovery Center is an outpatient drug treatment center that provides help for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our clinical staff provides caring, confidential, safe, and private addiction treatment care.
We are guided by evidence-based care every step of the way. We also treat the whole patient, not just the disorder of substance abuse, by providing support for family issues and sober living. A whole new world is out there for you.
Last Updated on October 26, 2021