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Celebrating Thanksgiving in sobriety

11-22-17 Category: Alcohol, Sober Living, Treatment

Celebrating Thanksgiving in sobriety

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

The quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson aptly sums up the spirit of Thanksgiving Day, which should be that of expressing gratitude for everything and to everyone who helps us evolve. Thanksgiving becomes even more important for those in recovery because of two reasons. First, they get a chance to express their gratitude to all the people who helped them reach this far, from the shackles of addiction and misery. Secondly, regardless of the pomp and festivity, one must be careful enough to not get carried away with the flow and return to old habits just for the sake of the festival. It can be really hard to join friends and family over the dinner table and not participate in raising a toast. But with some planning and mindfulness, one can continue to maintain sobriety and remain joyful.

Here are some tools to maintain recovery during Thanksgiving Day:

  • Counting blessings and expressing feelings – It is important to pause and reflect on the journey one has undertaken starting from the days of addiction to the period of recovery. Conquering addiction and maintaining sobriety is a huge milestone. One must be grateful to God for being the guiding light, thank his/her loved ones for lending unrelenting support and thank himself/herself for showing resilience
  • Avoiding parties serving alcohol– Before anyone else, a person is answerable to oneself. The efforts shouldn’t go waste. The recovering person should not feel guilty of turning down invitations from people who do not support one’s sobriety goals. Knowing that alcohol will be served to all, it is better to politely but firmly decline the invitations. It is okay to say no. During recovery, one’s choices can have a huge bearing on sustaining sobriety.
  • Arranging an alcohol-free Thanksgiving dinner – One can take the initiative and host a sober Thanksgiving dinner. However, it is important not to overindulge in the preparations because fatigue can act as a precursor for relapse. One can request the guests to bring one side dish each and the organizer can take care of the turkey and soft drinks or variants of coffee and tea.
  • Creating an emergency kit – Thanksgiving is a time to be more mindful as it begins the holiday season when most people let themselves lose. At times, one might feel overwhelmed in the presence of a trigger, or have no idea about what to drink or eat if the person sees alcohol everywhere. These are the times to keep an emergency kit. The kit must have the numbers of one’s sponsors or mentors so that they can be reached during exigencies. The kit must also have some non-alcoholic beverages and healthy snacks so that one can while away the evening without getting isolated or looking lost.

Treating alcohol addiction the right way

Like everyone else, the person in recovery can also enjoy Thanksgiving Day, but his/her top priority should be to stay sober. This might appear to be a challenging task, but with prior planning, it can be achieved. But if the person feels tempted to have that glass of Old Monk, it is advisable to speak to an addiction treatment specialist at the earliest.

At Sovereign Health, we endeavor to treat patients with state-of-the-art facilities using an integrated approach for holistic recovery. Our multipronged diagnostic assessment and treatment modalities are the best for substance abuse treatment. To find out more about our alcohol addiction treatment centers spread across the U.S., call our 24/7 helpline or chat with one of our representatives to get more information about effective treatment programs for alcoholism.

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