Avoiding alcohol abuse becomes ever more challenging during holidays and other dates of greater significance around the year. Use these tips to have an enjoyable 4th of July and holiday weekend while remaining stable and secure in your sobriety.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 1: Get Connected with Your Strongest Supporters.
Surround yourself with the strongest and closest members of your support system. They can help you enjoy the holiday as well as be there for you if you are experiencing an especially challenging time.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 2: Make it a Weekend of Celebrating Your Personal Independence.
Celebrate your own independence as well. As a client of recovery, you have gained your independence from alcohol abuse and addiction – great job! Be proud of your accomplishments and know you can enjoy lasting success.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 3: Attend Extra Support Group Meetings.
Increase your attendance to your support group meetings for added support. You can also hear from others how challenging holidays may be and understand you are not alone and things will pass.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 4: Get in Touch with Your Sponsor.
Reach out to your sponsor for support. That’s what they’re there for!
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 5: Do Something for the Kids.
Make the 4th of July about the kids if you’re a parent or grandparent or if you have nieces and nephews. You can stop thinking about yourself and how difficult the holiday is when you focus on making it a special Independence Day for the little ones at home or in other family-friendly environments.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 6: Have a Family BBQ at Home.
Host a BBQ at home so you know there won’t be alcohol or other substances around. Have a great time cooking up a storm.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 7: Dedicate the Weekend to Feeling Great.
Make it a weekend of fitness and rest and relaxation. Pamper yourself because you deserve it. Stress is a major trigger for substance abuse so manage stress and feel great at the same time.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 8: Volunteer at a Non-Profit.
Give your time to a non-profit organization to assist with their activities for Independence Day. It feels great to help others and you can take the focus of your thoughts off of yourself.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 9: Have Fun with 4th of July-Themed Recipes.
Enjoy trying new recipes for Independence Day such as red, white and blue fruit popsicles or even a patriotic-themed breakfast or lunch.
Alcohol Abuse Avoidance Tip 10: Have a Family-Centered Picnic or Beach Day.
Have a beautiful picnic or beach day with your loved ones to create new, happy memories and to forget about your troubles. Focus on spending quality time with one another.
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