Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is the most popularly celebrated holiday in the United States. Declared a federal holiday in 1941, it’s a time of the year that people across the nation come together to celebrate with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and a lot of alcohol. Americans spend more than $1.5 billion on beer and wine for the Fourth of July. With alcohol a significant component of most celebrations, this is a stressful holiday for many in recovery, especially for those newly out of alcohol addiction treatment. No matter where you are in your recovery, planning is the key to staying sober this Fourth of July.
You Can Enjoy Sober Holidays
As the country re-opens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are looking to this Fourth of July not only to celebrate our nation’s independence but to celebrate our ability to once again gather together without fear of putting ourselves at risk. It is widely acknowledged that July Fourth is one of the most popular days of the year for drinking alcohol.
With alcohol the center of most celebrations, it is easy to understand why Independence Day is reported as one of the most stressful days for those in recovery. However, being sober does not mean that you cannot enjoy the holiday. Being sober ensures that you can enjoy the day with a clear mind and remember what you did. Following are some tips for having a sober Independence Day celebration:
- Attending a 12-step meeting in the morning will help set the tone for your day
- Exercising or practicing yoga or meditation will help keep you centered
- If attending a party where there is alcohol, bring a sober friend
- Host your own sober event with supportive friends and family
- Make use of your support network and do not isolate yourself or be afraid to ask for help
- Have a backup plan so that you are not caught off-guard
Above all else, consider this Fourth of July as a day for you to celebrate your independence from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Remember that living a sober life happens one day at a time. You will always be faced with challenges. The use of drugs and alcohol is deeply rooted in our culture, and alcohol is specially promoted through advertisements as a significant part of holiday celebrations. This Fourth of July, take time to focus on why you’ve chosen to be sober and celebrate your achievements.
Sober Activities for Independence Day
Holidays can be stressful for those who are trying to live a life of sobriety. Sometimes being with friends and family causes people to fall back into unhealthy behaviors. Remember that it is okay to decline an invitation if you are concerned about being triggered. If you cannot avoid an event where you know there will be drinking, make sure you have your own transportation, bring your own beverages, and have someone you can call for support if you need it. With some planning, there are numerous ways to celebrate Independence Day without using drugs and alcohol. Consider these options:
- Volunteer somewhere
- Choose family-friendly events where alcohol is not available
- Search online for sober events in your area
- Make plans with other sober people
- Have a movie or TV show marathon
- Treat yourself to a special day of pampering
Living a life of recovery means more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It is an ongoing process of recognizing stressors and choosing healthy ways to cope with them. Especially if you are new to recovery, avoiding situations where you know there will be alcohol or drugs is the best choice this Fourth of July.
Contact Spokane Falls Recovery for Support This July Fourth
A significant part of maintaining your sobriety depends upon your ability to recognize when you need help and ask for it. At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we provide holistic, individualized, and evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. We understand that recovery is a journey that is different for everyone. If you are looking for extra support this Fourth of July, call us at 844.962.2775 to find out how we can help you maintain your sobriety.