At the Las Vegas Recovery Center, we understand that addiction recovery and sober living takes support and guidance. Old habits are hard to break, and good planning will help you avoid unnecessary temptations this holiday season. There are many ways to have fun this New Year’s Eve without turning to alcohol or drugs and maintaining your sobriety. The holidays are a hard time for many people, especially those in recovery and maintaining sobriety. Creating new traditions and planning will make it easier for you to enjoy New Year’s Eve this season.
Plan Your New Year’s Celebration Early
One way to ensure a safe, sober New Year’s Eve is to plan what you will do ahead of time. When you don’t make plans, you are more likely to fall into previous traditions that are not healthy for you. As you make your plans, here are five ways to enjoy a sober New Year this season:
- Have a party with friends you have met in sobriety so that all of you have a safe space to go to and celebrate.
- Consider outdoor activities such as sledding or ice skating for New Year’s Eve.
- Keep your stress levels under control, so you are at less risk of a relapse.
- Make a completely different plan than you have in the past to avoid falling into old traditions.
- Always have a drink with you that is non-alcoholic so that you are not tempted.
If you are new in your sobriety, talk to a trusted friend in your support network if you are concerned about staying sober over the holidays. New Year’s Eve is a popular time to celebrate, and your past may be full of times where you celebrated with drugs or alcohol that you want to forget. Your addiction recovery will take solid planning on your part for a sober new year so that you can have a fun time without a relapse.
Relapse Prevention Strategies for the New Year
As you work in addiction recovery, you will learn how important it is to develop relapse prevention strategies. Each person is different, and you will want to try out various methods to stay sober to see what helps. Whether you are in detox or a partial hospitalization program, you will be taught new ways to reduce stress and live a healthier life. Make an effort to try new things, as you never know what will help you feel better until you try it. Common relapse prevention strategies include:
- Meditation to calm the body and mind
- Going to AA/NA (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) meetings in the community to meet others in recovery
- Volunteering in the community to give back to others
- Developing a new exercise routine to get your health on track
Relapse prevention strategies are sober living coping skills you develop that enable you to live a happier, healthier life. Weekly appointments with a therapist are a good tool for relapse prevention, as is meeting up with a friend consistently to talk about what is going on in your life. You can have a sober new year when you focus on the things that are positive and healthy in your life.
Get Help With Sobriety Today
If you are struggling with your sobriety, it’s time to reach out for the help you deserve. Contact the Las Vegas Recovery Center at 844.332.2076 and learn more about the support we offer. From detox programs to sober living options, we are ready to help. We understand that recovery is a process, and we work hard to give you the guidance you deserve to get on the right path.