Memorial Day is a day dedicated to saying thanks to the people who helped provide freedom and served the country. Yet, for many people, it is also the kickoff to the summer months. That can sometimes mean having a party, spending time with friends and family, or just relaxing. If you are newly sober this year, perhaps just out of alcohol addiction treatment, this holiday may seem like a challenge. It doesn’t have to be. If you are at risk of relapse, contact Memphis Recovery right now for support.
Strategies for Staying Sober
If you are one of the many people who are used to cooking out with friends and sharing drinks on Memorial Day, it’s important to be aggressive at planning for a different way to spend your time on this day. You can still enjoy the day, but you do not have to put your sobriety on the line to do it. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Focus on the meaning of the day. Find a local Memorial Day parade or visit a cemetery to lay wreaths. Instead of focusing on the celebration, pay homage to those who made freedom possible. It could be life-changing.
- Host your own event without any alcohol present. Let those that are coming know that it is a dry event. While you may think that is limiting to them, true friends and supporters won’t have a problem with it.
- Plan to get away instead of staying home. Do something different this year. Visit a national park. Head to retreat in the woods to spend some time reflecting on all of the hard work you’ve put in over the last year.
- Celebrate at home with close family and friends. Prepare the same type of meal that you would, perhaps have some fun with water sports, and talk. Instead of alcoholic beverages, create some non-alcoholic but fun drinks.
- Volunteer to help out instead of staying at home. It may be even more beneficial and meaningful to you to step back into a drug and alcohol treatment center to do some volunteering. Visit a local support group meeting with fun food for those there. Make the day about others.
- Find a way to make this day meaningful in a way that is unique to you. Sometimes, it is not about keeping up with traditions if those traditions are unhealthy for you or others. This year, do something else.
Memorial Day Is Just One Day
It’s easy to see the numerous benefits of making this day count. Yet, it is also important to be realistic. If you are struggling right now with drug or alcohol use or you are thinking about using again after being sober, it’s time to reach out for more help. A trusted, dedicated team of professionals can help you. At Memphis Recovery, we don’t want you to wait until you’re using to get the help you need. Instead, reach out to us today to find out what we can do to support you.
We offer a range of treatment options that can help. That includes programs such as these opportunities:
- Dual diagnosis trauma treatment
- Intensive outpatient program
- Adult drug rehab
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient rehab program
Stay Sober on Memorial Day with Help from Memphis Recovery
This Memorial Day, you should not feel as though you are battling addiction. If you are facing the risk of relapse or unsure how to get help, reach out to Memphis Recovery. Our team is here to help you stay sober or get to that point with innovative treatment programs and ample resources. Learn more when you reach out to our compassionate counselors by calling 866.304.8254 or connecting with us online.