Attending a party or event can be difficult for those in recovery. It can be tempting to go back to old habits, especially if you’re feeling anxious or stressed. But don’t worry, with the right mindset and tools, you can successfully navigate these situations while maintaining your sobriety. Here are some tips:
Have a plan: Before attending the event, make a plan for how you will handle triggers and temptation. Identify what may trigger you and make a plan for how you will respond. This could include bringing a sober friend with you, leaving early if you start feeling uncomfortable, or having an escape route planned.
Be honest: If someone offers you a drink or drugs, it’s okay to say no. You don’t need to explain yourself or make excuses. Simply saying “no thank you” should suffice. If you feel comfortable, you can also let others know that you are in recovery and would prefer not to be offered any substances.
Stay busy: Keep yourself busy at the party or event. Engage in conversations, dance, or help with hosting duties. The less idle time you have, the less time you have to think about substances.
Bring your own beverages: If you’re worried about being offered alcohol, bring your own non-alcoholic beverages. This way you can participate in toasting and drinking without the risk of relapse.
Reach out for support: Don’t be afraid to reach out to a sponsor, friend, or support group before and after the event. Let them know what you’re feeling and what your plan is for staying sober. They can offer you encouragement and help you stay accountable.
Practice self-care: After the event, take some time for self-care. This can include meditation, exercise, or spending time with loved ones. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that it may have been a challenging experience.
Remember, attending events while in recovery is possible. With the right tools and mindset, you can successfully navigate these situations and maintain your sobriety. If you need support, reach out to your sponsor, support group, or treatment provider. They are there to help you through the ups and downs of recovery.
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