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Tips for keeping sober this St. Patrick's Day

Tips for keeping sober for St. Patrick's Day

One of the biggest drinking days of the year is coming up – St. Patrick’s Day. A celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become known more for drinking than celebrating Irish heritage, especially in the U.S. When you’re out celebrating as a newly sober person, it can be difficult to resist temptations. When you are newly sober, even a simple fun holiday like St. Patrick's Day can be an extremely stressful time. Added social pressures can cause even the strongest person to relapse. To help you during this crucial time, we’ve put together a few tips to ensure that you enjoy St. Patrick's Day with your sobriety intact.

It’s okay to tell people you’re in recovery

Recovery is a process that is entirely your own. If you feel like you want to share with friends and family that you are making positive steps towards a happier and healthier life, by all means, do so! On the other hand, if you think your journey is best kept to yourself, that is your decision. But if you'd like to keep it private, be prepared for someone to ask why you aren't partaking.

Plan a sober activities with friends and family

Try spending time with those around you who understand your journey and will be there to participate in activities that don't require drinking. Plan out your day ahead of time to avoid any unwanted situations. There are plenty of sober activities for you to enjoy aside from drinking. Invite friends to a BBQ or picnic in the park. Get creative with your activities! 

Talk to someone who understands

The beautiful thing about Alcoholics Anonymous is that there are meetings virtually anywhere in the United States. Keeping on track by connecting with others who are going through the exact same situation as you can be so helpful. Find a meeting before St. Patrick's Day and set reminders on your smart phone so you'll be sure to follow through. This is also a great way to get ideas for ways other sober individuals celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Create a new tradition 

Remember that you don't have to fall into the trap of old ways. Create new traditions for yourself and remind yourself every day how good it feels to be sober and enjoy holidays like this with clarity. Have your own celebration and do things that you enjoy! Whether that's taking a day trip or maybe going to see a movie, choose something that brings you joy. 

If you or someone you love are looking for counseling for substance abuse in Orlando, contact TTHI Counseling Center. We’re here to help you every step of the way. 

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