Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed the last Monday in May to honor and mourn American military personnel who have died in the line of duty. Memorial Day is widely considered the unofficial start of summer and is often celebrated with picnics, barbecues, and parties involving alcohol and possibly other substances. These social events can be challenging for those living a sober life, especially during the early stages of recovery. If you are concerned about maintaining your sobriety this Memorial Day weekend, consider reaching out to an alcohol rehab center for support.
Holidays often have many triggers for those in recovery. This can be especially true in the summer months when the days are longer, and people tend to be more socially active. Alcohol is frequently a central part of socializing, particularly on holidays like Memorial Day. Sober living can be hard, and it is important to recognize when you need help. Spokane Falls Recovery Center can provide the support you need. Call us at 844.962.2775 to find out how we can help.
Tips for Relapse Prevention this Memorial Day Weekend
Getting sober takes hard work. Maintaining your sobriety and preventing relapse also takes hard work. At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we know that having strong supports in place is key to your lasting recovery. Some tips to remember in your effort to stay sober this Memorial Day weekend are to:
- Recognize your triggers and avoid them
- Focus on staying sober just for today
- Reach out to those in your sober community for support
- Recognize your needs and tend to them
- Take advantage of available resources for support
It is also key to recognize when you need help and to ask for it in time. If you are struggling to stay sober, help is available at Spokane Falls Recovery Center. Call us at 844.962.2775 to learn more about services like:
- Brief intervention services
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- 12-step programs
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
Unfortunately, relapse is often part of the recovery journey. It is important to recognize that relapse does not mean failure and can actually be an opportunity to reevaluate your recovery goals. If you or a loved one does relapse, it is important to seek help immediately.
Ways to Maintain Your Sobriety on Memorial Day
Whether you are newly sober, have years of sobriety, or have yet to start your recovery, you may be thinking about how to stay sober this Memorial Day weekend. Sobriety is a choice you make every day. Some days are more challenging than others, but you can make choices to maintain your sobriety with some planning. Here are some tips to consider:
- Reach out to your sober community. The people you’ve met in recovery can understand what you’re going through and give you advice and support.
- Make a plan. If you are going to a party with alcohol, drive yourself, arrive early, leave early, and bring a sober companion and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Make a backup plan. Boredom can often lead to relapse, so be sure that you have a backup plan if your original plans fall through.
- Avoid triggers. Gathering with friends or family who are not sober might seem like fun, but it can be easy to fall back into old behaviors. Stay alert to triggers.
- Host a sober event. You can socialize with other sober people in an environment that you have control over.
Staying sober can be difficult, even with the best-laid plans. Remember to be kind to yourself and rely upon your sober community during difficult times. The team at Spokane Falls Recovery Center is here to help you with sober holiday planning.
Find the Support You Need at Spokane Falls Recovery Center
Staying sober can be challenging, especially on holidays, but it is possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra support when you need it. At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we understand the challenges of maintaining sobriety because many of our team members are on their own recovery journey. Reach out by using our online form or calling 844.962.2775 to find out how we can help you successfully navigate sober holidays.