Having Fun Without All the Drinking
Celebrating a sober St. Patrick's Day promotes an alternative to traditional St. Patrick's Day celebrations that involve alcohol consumption. We believe everyone should feel encouraged to enjoy the holiday without the traditional drinking-heavy activities.
You can still have fun during St. Patrick’s Day by engaging in activities and events in the safety of your home or community, emphasizing health-minded alternatives such as enjoying the day with friends and family, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, running, or biking, seeing a movie at your local theater, having a board game night, or taking a cooking class.
Read on to learn more of our tips for having fun without all the drinking. If you or a loved one is in need of additional support during recovery, we can help. Contact our team at (800) 353-4673 to schedule a consultation.
Enjoying the Holiday Through Recovery
St. Patrick's Day is often associated with drinking and revelry, but it doesn't have to be that way. Those recovering can still celebrate the holiday and have a meaningful experience without consuming alcohol or other substances.
Sober St. Paddy’s Day celebrations help everyone stay safe. There are a variety of activities that don’t involve intoxication, such as cooking traditional Irish dishes or attending events specific to Irish culture and traditions. You can also volunteer as a sober driver to make sure the roads remain safe in your area during the holiday.
It’s important to recognize that sobriety does not need to be separate from fun – so don’t be afraid to participate in this widely celebrated day in the ways that are the healthiest and most enjoyable for you!
Avoiding Relapse Triggers
We understand that sometimes these holidays that promote a culture of drinking can be difficult to observe. Learning how to identify these triggers and respond in healthy ways is an important part of successful recovery and long-term sobriety.
It is natural to experience cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and emotional triggers when going through the early phases of sobriety. Some key strategies for avoiding relapse during potentially triggering days such as this one include the following:
- Developing an external support system – having reliable people around who offer strength and motivation during tough times is key for a successful recovery. This could include family members, close friends, sponsors, or professional counselors.
- Practicing mindfulness – this practice helps direct focus away from any desires to use substances and towards healthy breathing techniques and physical activities.
- Finding alternative activities – engaging in hobbies such as art projects or sports provides positive distractions from cravings and stressful situations.
Saying No to Drinking
Holidays that historically involve heavy drinking can be stressful for anyone recovering, so it is a good rule of thumb to have some ideas for politely declining drinks ready to go. Here are some tips for saying no to drinking during events where it is likely that someone may offer you an alcoholic beverage:
- Acknowledge the invitation by thanking them before declining.
- Reassure them that your choice to decline drinking is simply part of your own health and wellness journey.
- Explain why you’re saying no if (and only if) you feel comfortable doing so.
- Offer an alternative activity that doesn't involve drinking, such as going out for dinner or grabbing some coffee.
- Gently but firmly stand your ground in your decision.
Fostering New Traditions Without Substances
By understanding what triggers to look out for during drinking-heavy holidays and preparing adequately, one can look forward to smoother transitions through recovery and improved overall wellbeing. These holidays can be tough, but it is possible to have a memorable time without substances. You may even create new traditions with friends and family members that you can enjoy for years to come!
For more sobriety assistance, our team is here to help. For recovery support, treatment, and other resources, reach out to Mount Sinai Wellness Center at (800) 353-4673.