Having a sober New Year’s celebration can seem overwhelming for people who have just completed addiction recovery. Being around people drinking and celebrating can be overwhelming and cause cravings unless they prepare ahead of time and be smart about where they go on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, hanging out with old friends who drink and abuse drugs will lead to a relapse. Attending a rehab aftercare program is the best way for newly sober individuals to practice coping skills and build confidence in staying sober during the holidays.
At Crestview Recovery, we help men and women from all walks of life who are worried about relapsing over the holidays. We are a full-service addiction treatment facility. Moreover, we offer residential, outpatient, and aftercare programs that will support your recovery for as long as necessary. Addiction symptoms can return at any time, even years after recovery. Therefore, new and former clients must be able to find continual support whenever they need it. To discover how our rehab aftercare program can help you stay sober during the holidays, call 866.262.0531 today to speak with our friendly staff.
Celebrating New Year’s Sober
Addiction recovery means making some big changes in your life so that you don’t relapse and have to go through detox again. This means learning new ways to celebrate the holidays without using drugs or alcohol. While some friends may have no desire to celebrate sober, close family and friends will support your sober lifestyle and celebrate with you. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to celebrate your successes and pamper yourself with a spa day or a relaxing weekend retreat.
One of the best ways to avoid old cravings and temptations is by creating new memories and experiences without drugs or alcohol. Boredom is one of the leading causes of relapse for those who have just completed addiction recovery. Therefore, getting out and doing some of the old activities you used to enjoy goes a long toward building a new sober lifestyle.
At Crestview Recovery, our outpatient and aftercare programs can help prepare you for celebrating new year’s sober by practicing coping skills and reaffirming your commitment to sober living. If you are attending a holiday party, be sure you can leave at any time in case your temptations or cravings become too much.
Tips for Having a Sober New Year’s
There are plenty of ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve without going to a wild party with free-flowing alcohol or recreational drugs. By following some simple tips for staying sober during new year’s, you will then discover how much fun celebrating can be without drugs or alcohol.
Having a sober new year’s celebration is not difficult when you plan ahead. If you are attending a party, be smart and talk with a therapist or sponsor. Also, always make sure you have a means of leaving if things become too intense.
Here are some tips for having a sober New Year’s holiday:
Attend Therapy Before Going to a Party
Talking with a therapist is a good way to vent any nervousness or anxiety you may have about attending a holiday party. They can then give you a few tips for avoiding temptations, like always having a glass of water or soda in your hand and attending a party with a sober friend.
Go to a Couple’s Cooking Class
One way to have a fun evening with your partner is by attending a couple’s cooking class. Many celebrity chefs and executive chefs host cooking classes for a fun, romantic evening that can teach you how to cook a delicious meal. If you prefer a quiet evening in, binge on your favorite cooking show and try one of their meals.
Host a Sober Party
Hosting your own sober New Year’s Eve party is one of the best ways to avoid temptations. Invite your sober friends from therapy and have them bring a favorite mocktail recipe for everyone to try. Make it a theme or game night for even more fun.
Celebrate your recovery by spending the day at a relaxing spa or favorite meditative retreat. Remember that addiction recovery is hard work. By celebrating your new sobriety, you are reaffirming your commitment by creating new experiences free from drugs and alcohol.
Crestview Recovery: Rehab Aftercare Program
At Crestview Recovery, our aftercare programs can give you plenty of tips for staying sober during new year’s while reaffirming your commitment to living a sober life. Addiction is a lifelong illness where symptoms can return at any time. To address this situation, we offer continuing support for our clients through a variety of treatment programs that include:
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Dual diagnosis program
- Aftercare and alumni programs
Enjoy the holidays and the rest of the year without worry of relapse by calling 866.262.0531 and enrolling in one of our addiction treatment programs.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.