Here are a few tips to remember as the Fourth of July approaches:
Don’t Be Afraid To Leave
Whether you’re celebrating the Fourth of July with friends and family or attending a block party, it is quite likely that alcohol will be present. In some cases, watching other people drink can function as a trigger that causes a recovering alcoholic to lapse back into their former patterns. If you find yourself in this type of situation and don’t know how to avoid drinking, never feel afraid to just leave. Removing yourself from the setting for fifteen minutes or the rest of the evening can preclude you from making a big mistake.
Ask For Support
Another great way to ensure that you can remain sober or drink responsibly during the Fourth of July festivities is by requesting support. Simply sharing your thoughts and feelings regarding the likelihood of a relapse with someone you trust can have a calming effect and help you stay sober. In some cases, you may feel comfortable asking someone to observe your behavior and stop you in the event that you begin to consume alcohol. If you participate in a 12-step program you can check in with your sponsor, before, during and after the event.
Participate In Sober Activities
If you’re serious about your sobriety and you already know that that the Fourth of July festivities could put you in the perfect place for a relapse, consider the value of participating in sober activities. For example, an AA group that is throwing a celebration in which alcohol will not be offered. An added benefit of attending this type of celebration is that you may be able to attend a meetings before, during, and after the Independence Day celebration. Ask around to determine whether there will be any sober parties in your local area. You may also want to consider throwing one yourself!
By implementing some or all of the strategies outlined above, you can ensure that this Fourth of July is a sober one! There is much to celebrate this Fourth Of July, and alcohol is not needed to create fireworks!
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