Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the high points of every summer for many people. However, it can also be when the potential to fall back into old habits is high for those recently out of an alcohol rehab program.
As with most major holidays, alcohol use is a prevalent part of many Independence Day celebrations. Unfortunately, for some, drug use is a regular part of the festivities, too. That doesn’t mean that you need to lock yourself away to avoid a relapse, though. Fun and memorable sober celebrations are possible.
Part of the recovery journey is finding new ways to enjoy these special days without the need for substance use. It can be challenging at first, but with a bit of guidance, you can get there.
Below are some tips for enjoying sober celebrations on Independence Day this year. However, if you feel you need more significant help, contact Red Oak Recovery® today. You can talk to a qualified professional about our treatment programs and learn more about how to enjoy a sober Independence Day by calling 866.457.7590.
Surround Yourself with Support
Going to a big Fourth of July party full of casual acquaintances or even strangers can make maintaining your sobriety a problematic task. Those who don’t know that you’re in recovery may unintentionally pressure you into relapsing, and answering too many questions about why you’re staying sober can be challenging. Instead, try to surround yourself with those who support your sobriety and be willing to share in sober celebrations with you. This group could include family or friends who are aware of your recovery or others sharing in the journey and could use companionship in sober activities.
Barbecues and Fireworks
Alcohol and substance use often find their way into holiday festivities and become a major point of focus for many. Still, they are not the only means of celebration, and there are always sober activities that can help you replace them. This Fourth of July, shift your focus to two things that this holiday is known for: barbecues and fireworks. It’s the perfect time of year for enjoying the outdoors. You can grill up some burgers or hot dogs, and then watch a beautiful display of lights after the sun has gone down.
Chances are there’s a nearby fireworks display you can attend that will cost little to no money and give you hours of entertainment. Most are family-friendly environments where substance use is far from the norm, and most everyone in attendance is looking to enjoy sober celebrations themselves.
Do Something Different
Sober holidays are not for everyone. The temptation to revert to your old habits too challenging to deal with on Independence Day. If that’s the case, remember that you don’t have to celebrate anything if you don’t want to. If there’s an activity you’ve found that seems to help you on your journey, do that instead.
Here are some ideas:
- Check out a movie you’ve wanted to see
- Go out to a new restaurant
- Focus on a hobby
- Reach out to others in recovery
- Go to a meeting
Whatever helps you shift your focus and maintain sobriety is what you should aim to do.
Seek Support at Red Oak Recovery®
Independence Day should be a celebration of your sobriety. Learn to enjoy your life in sobriety and this holiday, celebrate you. However, if this is your first time getting free of drugs or alcohol, you may need support from a men’s recovery center, such as Red Oak Recovery®. We offer a wide range of services, including:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Cocaine addiction treatment
- Opioid addiction treatment
If you are struggling with substance use disorder, you are not alone. Begin your recovery journey today by contacting Red Oak Recovery® at 866.457.7590 or using the online form.