While New Year’s Eve can be a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, many things can damage your mental and physical health if you’re not prepared. Those in recovery need to take additional precautions, because certain stressors and triggers could lead to making unwise choices that might later cause regret. To make the most of your NYE, remember the following:
- Do not place lofty expectations on yourself. Placing too much stress or pressure on yourself could very well send you over the edge. Remind yourself that you will take the day step by step, minute by minute, hour by hour. See how things go and make decisions accordingly.
- Remember why it’s important for you to remain sober. Creating a list of the morning of New Year’s Eve could help you remember why you are on your journey to recovery. Remember the pain that addiction has caused you and your loved ones. Identify the wonderful things you’ve have witnessed and experienced since you’ve been sober, and hold onto those lovely thoughts throughout the day.
- Surround yourself with people whom you can rely on. If you have friends and family that support your recovery, make sure you have them with you on New Year’s Eve for additional support.
- There is nothing wrong with saying “no”. If you’re stopping by somewhere and alcohol is involved, have a few phrases prepared in case someone asks you to drink. If you feel that it will trigger you do much, go somewhere alcohol will not be a temptation. There are many restaurants and sober parties that you can find that will not pressure you.
- Reward yourself for following your goal. Before New Year’s Eve is over, tell yourself that if you follow your goal of remaining sober throughout the night, you will treat yourself to something the next day. This could be a spa day, a small shopping spree, or a relaxing day in with some chocolate. Just don’t choose using drugs or alcohol.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that,
“A person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members.”
Remembering these aspects of your recovery during New Year’s Eve, along with using the tools you’ve learned and your friends and family as a support system, means that you will be able to optimize your well-being on a night that many over-indulge in.
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