7 Ideas For A Sober New Year’s Eve Party
- Local Alcathon/Narcathon
- Attend A Sober Bar
- Game Night
- Get Outside
- Host A Dinner Party
- Stay Inside & Relax
- Seek Treatment
If you or a loved one is newly sober, the holiday season may seem overwhelming. Many celebrations revolve around partying with alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, there are countless ways to have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve.
Planning your night ahead of time and identifying potential triggers can help you start the New Year with confidence.
1. Attend A Local Alcathon/Narcathon
Alcohol is usually a part of most major holiday celebrations, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. For those struggling with substance abuse issues, this time of year can be particularly difficult to navigate.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are two community-based groups that offer support through a 12-step program. Meetings can be found virtually anywhere in the world, including face-to-face and online.
Both AA and NA host local marathon meetings during the holiday season, known as Alcathons or Narcathons. Alcathons offer a safe and sober place to ring in the New Year with meetings, food, and fellowship.
You can contact the AA or NA resources in your area to find more information about Alcathon and Narcathon locations.
2. Attend A Sober Bar
At first, sobriety may appear to narrow the window of opportunities for going out or meeting new people. However, the United States has experienced growing popularity with sober bars. Sober bars are alcohol-free establishments that serve non-alcoholic cocktails, known as “mocktails.”
Sober bars are open to anyone, whether you are in recovery or just trying to cut back on alcohol use. If you like the atmosphere of the bar scene and it does not pose a danger to your sobriety, a local sober bar can be a fun way to ring in the New Year.
You can enjoy the chaotic atmosphere of a night out without the fear of a hangover or other substance-fueled consequences. Some sober bars may have open mic nights, special guests, and other events.
3. Host A Game Night
Celebrate the New Year with close family members and friends by hosting a game night. A game night is a healthy way to bond, have fun, and learn more about each other. Plan ahead by making invitations and choosing a variety of board games and snacks.
If you want a more elaborate party, you can set up a theme party, like an Escape Room-style game. If you want to have a few laughs with friends and keep it simple, you could stick to a classic game like Charades.
4. Get Outside
Being outside, even for a short period of time, can offer significant improvements to overall well-being. In fact, most addiction treatment centers incorporate hikes and other outdoor activities into treatment plans.
Outdoor activities have been found to decrease stress and improve feelings of happiness. In addition, nature may also improve physical health by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.
Depending on the weather, you may be able to go for a morning hike or have an afternoon picnic. If it snows in your area, try ice skating, sledding, or set up a ski trip with friends.
Simple activities that are centered in nature will help you feel like a kid again and reconnect with yourself.
5. Host A Dinner Party
Dinner parties don’t have to include alcohol, in fact, you can make mocktails if they don’t trigger cravings for the real stuff. Create ambiance with music and lighting to give your New Year’s Eve dinner a warm, inviting atmosphere.
By hosting it yourself, you can invite people you know are in support of your sobriety and whom you feel comfortable around. Plan a menu and have control over the cooking or make it a potluck style party and have each guest bring a dish.
6. Stay Inside & Relax
You don’t have to throw a party to celebrate New Year’s Eve, especially if you prefer a quieter environment. You can watch the iconic ball drop in New York City’s Times Square from the comfort of your couch. You can binge-watch a new television show, find a new movie, or catch up on some reading.
You can start the New Year off with a healthy mindset by setting an intention to invite a new practice into your daily routine. You might decide to start journaling, practicing yoga, or meditating for a few minutes each day.
7. Seek Treatment
Perhaps you are currently struggling with substance abuse issues and fear facing the holiday season without drugs or alcohol. There’s no better time than now to seek treatment and spend the holidays in a safe and supportive environment.
Outpatient programs are available to those who need a flexible program that allows them to live at home. Inpatient programs offer 24/7 supervision and a more structured program with a complete focus on recovery.
If you are struggling this holiday season, help is available. Please contact us to learn more about treatment options.
Recovering Champions Editorial Team
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