Each time we approach a holiday where drinking is a bit of a tradition, it’s important to have a relapse prevention plan in mind. Gatherings and events surrounding Labor Day often involve drinking but certainly do not have to. It’s a good idea to plan sober activities in advance so you have an excuse to turn down invites to high-risk situations that could cause unnecessary temptations.
Consider attending a local parade for this sober Labor Day. These processions are enthusiastic and energetic, and a wide range of audiences may attend them. Even though you witness drinking among individuals in the crowd, parade organizers often discourage alcohol consumption at parades. If you do encounter alcohol, try to move to a different location where you can watch the event while avoiding triggers.
Host Your Own Sober Party and make sure there’s plenty of fun and games for both friends in recovery and those who are not. Alcohol is not required for your friends to enjoy themselves. Hosting your own party can be an inexpensive way to enjoy a day off from work. It allows you to spend quality time with family, friends, and colleagues without putting yourself at risk.
If you do decide to attend someone’s barbeque, party, or celebration, consider taking along a selection of your own beverages for yourself and others to share. Lots of people enjoy spending time with others without feeling the need to drink alcoholic beverages.
Avoiding High-Risk Triggers: Drinking holidays like Labor Day can pose a tricky situation for those who want to engage socially without putting themselves at risk. Keep in mind that you can have a cup in your hand that is not filled with an alcoholic beverage. Just because you’re at a party doesn’t mean you have to drink. Consider filling your cup or glass with beverages such as water, mineral water, seltzer, soda, tea, or juice. You can sip from the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice throughout an event, and no one will know the difference.
Reach Out If You Need Support: Your peers can provide valuable support or give you the opportunity to help others who are currently struggling with addiction. By listening, supporting, and understanding others, you will find the inner strength you need to get through the difficult times.
The Anthony House knows that holidays are a challenge for those in recovery. That’s why we have developed specialized programs to help those in recovery maintain sober living outside of treatment. Reach out to us at (651) 334-2395 to speak with a trained staffer about how The Anthony House can help you navigate a sober Labor Day.