Can you remember where and what you did on any given New Year’s Eve? Some recovering alcoholics get freaked out just thinking about New Year’s Eve. Ringing in the New Year is a tradition drowned in alcohol. If you are concerned about being tempted to drink, it is incumbent upon you to make plans for a safe and sober evening. First, tell yourself over and over, New Year’s Eve is just another evening.
While your family may respect and understand the evening could present challenges for you, they nonetheless want to celebrate. How can you take care of yourself and not feel like a party pooper? Here’s where more self talk can help you. New Year’s Eve is just another evening. My biggest priority and responsibility is staying sober one day and one night at a time.
Before you became sober, your only option was to drink. Now that you are in recovery, your perceptions have changed. You now have options, and alongside them, is compromise. Nothing you do has to be black or white.
Depending upon your family dynamic, you may not want to be with your family, especially on New Year’s Eve! You have options, like getting together with sober friends after the meeting. Think how stress free it would be.
New Year’s Eve is just another night to stay sober. Get out the old card table and put together a puzzle with family and friends—simple, quiet and fun. If you decide to stay home alone, and are concerned about depression, take really good care of yourself and send that self-pity voice to the dump. Call and connect with old friends who live across the country. Make New Year’s Eve a night for creating something—make a torte, a trivet out of wood scraps, write a poem or two. Watch your favorite movie. New Year’s Eve is just another night to enjoy your sobriety.
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”— Maya Angelou
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