The holidays can be a challenging time in early sobriety. If you used to spend Halloween or New Year’s Eve going all-out, you might have some FOMO about staying clean and sober on the sidelines. It is possible, though, to have fun while staying clean and sober. Here’s how.
First of all, stay honest about what you’re feeling and thinking.
Share about any holiday-related anxiety in your meetings, with a sponsor, and with your recovery fellowship. Talking about it can take away a lot of the feelings of fear and pressure.
Second, have a plan. You can’t leave your hard-earned recovery up to chance.
Make plans to spend the holiday with your recovery friends. If you’re going to a party or event, bring a clean and sober buddy to keep you accountable.
Third, make new recovery holiday traditions.
Instead of getting drunk at a Halloween party, why not spend the night at an amusement park? On New Year’s Eve, try a midnight hike with friends to mark the new year.
It’s possible to have fun in recovery. You might even have more fun that you did while using. At the very least, you won’t wake up the next day with a hangover – or in jail.