How to Navigate the Holidays Sober

How to Navigate the Holidays Sober

If you’re in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you’re probably familiar with the triggers and cravings that might make you want to use. That’s why sober living Delray Beach transitional living homes are so important for those in the early stages of recovery.

One of the more difficult times in an addict’s life is social gatherings. Frequently, alcohol is on the menu, and it can be hard to abstain when you’re surrounded by drunk people. In fact, it can be quite challenging to maintain sobriety when you are surrounded by people who are making merry with booze in friendly gatherings. However, the good news is you’re not alone in your struggle against this problem.


  • Don’t go to that party. If you’ve been invited to a party that is sure to have alcohol included, take a step back. You don’t have to go, remember. And the temptation to have “just one drink” will be overpowering if you are around others who are drunk or high. If you feel like you have to make an appearance at your best friend’s party, or to go to an office holiday party, make sure you have a way to get home. Have a plan before you even go to the party about when you’ll arrive, and when you plan to leave before it gets too rowdy and loud.
  • Have a simple answer for nosy people. You’ve been asked before, and will be asked again. “Why can’t you have just one drink?” You don’t have to divulge when, why and how you started your recovery journey, or even that you’re an addict who’s been 90 days clean. Just give an answer that you don’t feel like it, you have to drive, or anything to ward off people who want to get some juicy information about why you won’t have that one beer. It’s none of their business what you choose to do and not to do, remember.
  • Think of it as an ordinary (non-holiday) day. You wouldn’t just pick up the bottle on the typical Thursday, so why should Thanksgiving be any different? That’s just one example. If it’s New Year’s Eve (an even bigger night for drinking and other debauchery), try to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting early in the day so you don’t have to participate in the festivities. Have a quiet night at home with other sober friends, and call it a night.

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