Halloween is just around the corner and kicks off the start of the holiday season. Holidays can be tough for those in recovery because they are often filled with parties, events, and other get-togethers. Recovery does not have to put a damper on the fun – sober celebrations can be a blast and provide many memorable moments. Start planning for how you will spend the evening or weekend while staying true to the positive changes you have adopted since treatment.
- Are you someone who loves a good party? Host your own sober shindig! You will have more control over the environment and can keep it alcohol-free. Put on some music, make themed snacks and non-alcoholic drinks and encourage friends to dress up.
- If you are going out, choose party invites wisely. Do not feel pressured to attend if you know drugs or alcohol will be prevalent. Bring a friend to hold you accountable and make sure you have a safe way to get home when you are ready to leave.
- Keep yourself busy and entertained by taking kids trick-or-treating. You can pal around with other parents as you walk from house to house. Handing out candy can be another way to stay active and see what creative costumes kids have come up with.
- Go to a haunted house, ghost tour or family-friendly event. There are sure to be games, contests, food, and entertainment as you check out the frightful sights.
- Have an alternative Halloween if you are not into celebrating. Invite some friends over for pizza and a scary movie marathon.
Feel more prepared heading into Halloween by attending a support group meeting or outpatient treatment session. Make sure you have a plan and know what to do if you are faced with temptation. Have faith in yourself and surround yourself with people who are supportive of your recovery and motivate you to keep moving forward. JC’s Recovery Center can equip you with the skills, strategies and support you need to feel more confident heading into the holidays and to thrive in your recovery.Are you looking for more support as you build your confidence in recovery? Contact JC’s Recovery Center about outpatient therapy.