Are you ready to live it up and ring in a sober new year? If you or someone close to you is in active recovery, there’s no other way to kick-off 2020. Addiction is a disease that requires continuous abstinence from all drugs and alcohol. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast ringing in 2020.
Perhaps in years past, you would have planned to drink New Year’s Eve into oblivion, but you now have the pleasure of remembering every moment of your celebration. Staying sober through the festivities is a great way to set yourself up for a year of sobriety, and we have some creative ideas to help you accomplish that goal without losing out on the fun.
Sober New Year Tip #1: Throw Your Own Party
The best way to protect your sobriety on New Year’s Eve is to avoid celebrations with drugs or alcohol. That probably rules out the parties that you would have attended in previous years, so why not throw your own? You can invite friends and family members who will stay sober with you, ensuring that everyone has a great time without unnecessary temptation.
If you have friends and relatives who are also in recovery, they may feel relieved that they have a safe place to go without putting their sobriety to the test. Here are some tips to help you pull together a hit party without spending a lot of money or time:
- Pick a theme. Ask your guests to dress to fit a specific era or bring food of a particular color. It’s a fun way to display a potluck-style buffet without paying for all the food and preparing it yourself.
- Go old school with board games. How long has it been since you played Monopoly? You might as well go with peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches, Jell-O, and other foods that take you back to your younger years.
- Throw some cards around. Do you have friends who like to play poker, euchre, or another card game?
- Turn down the lights and have a dance party. Make it a family-friendly event, allowing your guests to bring their kids rather than hiring babysitters.
Sober New Year Tip #2: Party Down with NA or AA
If you attend Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, your chapter may have their own New Year’s Eve festivities planned. You’ll get to know other people in recovery in the area while possibly making sober friends to hang out with in 2020. Those friends may help you avoid depression, anxiety, and other issues that sometimes surface as you adjust to a life of recovery.
At the very least, you’ll have a safe place to go where everyone understands what it’s like to make it through your first sober New Year’s celebration.
Sober New Year Tip #3: Buy a Planner and Set Goals
If that doesn’t sound like fun, make this an activity for New Years Day. The mission is to dream big for the year to come. Start by writing a mega list of everything you would love to accomplish in 2020. Allow your imagination to wander without thinking about the practicality or likelihood of it all coming true.
From there, select a couple of goals that are realistic for you. These are goals beyond sobriety because it’s already a given that you’re going to accomplish that. Set one or two goals that mean something to you, and then create an action plan that will walk you toward the realization of each goal one month at a time.
Hop on the Road to Recovery in Memphis
If you haven’t taken the first step onto the road to recovery, now is a perfect time. Give yourself the chance to enjoy a sober new year by signing up for adult drug rehab at Memphis Recovery Centers. We provide comprehensive residential treatment and care for every patient as an individual.
Don’t take the weight of addiction into 2020. You can free yourself from the control of alcohol and drugs with the guidance of our compassionate team of recovery professionals. Contact us today at 866.304.8254. We look forward to guiding you into a sober new year.