How to Stay Sober on the Fourth of July
Fourth of July celebrations come with barbequed food, eye-catching fireworks, and beer. Some people may not understand that a holiday like this can be daunting for those in recovery. Independence Day ranks #7 out of the top 10 drunkest holidays in America, and this year will be no different; except when it comes to you. This year you’re going to stay sober. Below are some ways you can stay sober on the Fourth of July and other things to keep in mind.
Tips for Staying Sober on the Fourth of July
These methods for staying sober won’t only help you get through Independence Day, but they can also apply to virtually any other holiday or social gathering where alcohol may be involved.
1. Make plans with people who are also choosing to stay sober, or people who support your recovery efforts.
Like-minded people and people who support your recovery are less likely to participate in triggering activities like alcohol consumption. They will also help stay you away from temptation.
2. Keep yourself occupied with activities.
Remember when you used to light fireworks in the backyard and passed around the bowl of potato salad? Try filling up your day with as many activities as you can to stay busy, keeping your mind off of drugs and alcohol.
3. Make fancy mocktails.
If you want to fit in without consuming the substance that has consumed you in the past, you can make festive mocktails in red, white, and blue.
4. Have an exit strategy ready.
If you’re starting to feel uncomfortable or even a bit tempted, be prepared to make a subtle escape. If you’re uneasy revealing the truth about why you are leaving, prepare a good reason ahead of time so you won’t feel nervous while thinking of one on the spot.
5. Throw your own party!
If you’re worried about being around the temptations of alcohol, throw your own sober Fourth of July party. This not only gives you more control over the food and beverages being served, but it also ensures that you’re going to be safe and stay sober on the Fourth of July, all night long. Encourage friends to BYONAB – Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Beverage!
6. Live each day one moment at a time.
Enjoy your sobriety. Stay clean. Stay in the moment. Enjoy the holiday, your independence, and your freedom from a controlled substance.
At our Pompano treatment center, we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July!
- TIME – Top 10 Drunkest Holidays
Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. Casey has spent more than 10 years working with individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders, providing individual and group therapy, consultation and assessment, and case management in both a hospital and outpatient setting.