New Year’s Eve Tips For People in Recovery

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Pouring_two_champagne_glassesThe holiday season can be a trying time for people in recovery for alcoholism or drug abuse. New Year’s Eve is especially difficult, as the holiday is known for drinking. If you’re in recovery or planning to stay sober, here are some tips to help you make it to 2014 without a slip:

  • Make a list of all the reasons you stopped drinking or doing drugs in the first place. Seeing the reasons in writing will give you strength.
  • Contact a counseling center and see about attending some group therapy sessions for support, or set up a session with your normal Costa Mesa psychiatrist.
  • Plan a party in your home with some other sober friends if you don’t think you can be around alcohol. You can have a game night, a trivia competition and enjoy each other’s company without getting drunk.
  • If you do go out, offer to be the designated driver. Not only will it hold you accountable, you will be the hero of the night (and may get treated to dinner or brunch).
  • Plan a fun-filled New Year’s Day you never would have been able to have before you got sober. Go to an exercise class or go for a run, meet your friends for lunch and enjoy the first day of the new year with a clear mind and a healthy body.