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Sober New Year: Strategies for Maintaining Your Recovery During the Holidays

Sober New Year: Strategies for Maintaining Your Recovery During the Holidays

Congratulations on your recovery! It’s important to take care of yourself and prioritise your health, especially during the holiday season. Here are a few tips for staying safe and sober during the New Year:

  • Make a plan in advance: Know what you will do and where you will go on New Year’s Eve. Having a plan can help you feel more in control and less likely to be caught off guard by situations that may trigger cravings.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people: Spending time with friends and loved ones who support your recovery can provide a sense of connection and belonging. Consider attending a recovery meeting or spending time with sober friends.
  • Avoid high-risk situations: Parties or events where alcohol or drugs are present can be tempting and may trigger cravings. It’s okay to say no and to avoid these situations if you feel they might be harmful to your recovery.
  • Have a support system in place: It’s important to have a support system you can rely on, especially during times of stress or temptation. Consider reaching out to your sponsor, a trusted friend, or a support group if you need extra help or guidance.
  • Take care of yourself: Remember to take care of your physical and emotional health during the holiday season. Engage in self-care activities, get enough sleep, and eat healthy meals.

Remember that relapses can happen: If you do experience a relapse, it’s important to remember that it’s not the end. Many people in recovery experience relapse at some point, and it’s an opportunity to learn and grow from the experience. Reach out to your support system and seek professional help if needed. Remember that recovery is a journey, and it’s okay to ask for help and support along the way.

By following these tips and staying committed to your recovery, you can have a safe and sober New Year. Remember that it’s okay to ask for help if you need it, and don’t be afraid to reach out to your support system for guidance and support. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

We have left some support contact details should you need them here: 


  • NHS Substance Misuse Services: The NHS offers a range of substance misuse services, including support for alcohol and drug addiction. You can find a service near you by visiting the NHS website or calling 111.


  • Samaritans: The Samaritans offer a confidential, 24/7 emotional support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. You can call them on 116 123 or visit their website for more information.


  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) UK: AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to recover from alcoholism. You can find a local AA meeting by visiting their website or calling their helpline at 0800 9177 650.


  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) UK: NA is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. You can find a local NA meeting by visiting their website or calling their helpline at 0300 999 1212.


I hope these resources are helpful. Remember that it’s never too late to seek help and start your journey toward recovery. Wishing you all the best.


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