The winter holidays are a difficult time to stay sober, especially New Year’s Eve. Drinking on this day is one of the most popular ways to bring in the coming year. However, if you or a loved one has ever had a problem with alcoholism, a sober New Year’s is necessary to avoid falling into your former addiction. There are plenty of ways to have fun and stay away from alcohol on New Year’s Eve.
An alcohol rehab program is often the best way for people to remain on the road to recovery throughout the holiday season and beyond. At Fort Behavioral Health, our team is ready to teach people how to have a sober New Year’s and celebrate the holidays without alcohol. Enjoy a sober holiday season with support from our rehab programs and therapy programs. To learn more about how our team can help you or a loved one maintain your recovery throughout the holidays, contact Fort Behavioral Health by completing our online form or calling 844.332.1807 today.
Consider Getting Support for an Alcohol Addiction Before the Holiday Season
If you have problems with alcohol use disorder, you will need some help to attain sobriety. While rehab programs can take months to complete, you can at least get started and begin to work on your recovery during the holidays.
With a treatment center like Fort Behavioral Health, you can benefit from a well-rounded rehab program that includes:
- Drug and alcohol detox program
- Adult recovery program
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- 12-step program
- Multiple addiction therapy programs
When you enter an alcohol addiction treatment program, you get professional help and a team to support you through the recovery process. You will not be alone, even if you find that having a sober holiday feels uncomfortable. With a support team at your back, you can become free from addiction to substances that keep you from enjoying sober celebrations.
Stick to Soda or Juice for a Sober New Year’s
If you are going to a party, ask if the host will have non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not sure, offer to bring your own to share with others. You will likely not be the only person to avoid drinking. In fact, there should be a few people who avoid alcohol to ensure that everyone has safe ways to get home.
Pick your favorite drink for the night that does not contain alcohol and stick with it. If you need the bubbles of champagne, have sparkling water or ginger ale. Should you crave a sweet drink, try a cranberry juice drink or spiced apple juice for a winter holiday-inspired beverage. There are many delicious options for non-alcoholic drinks.
Stay Physically Away from the Drinks Table or Bar
When you go to a party, keep yourself physically as far from the alcohol as possible. Distancing yourself from alcoholic drinks makes it harder for you to pick up a drink without thinking. Also, only get drinks for yourself and don’t allow anyone else to bring you something. That way, someone does not accidentally bring you an alcoholic beverage.
Designate Yourself the Safe Ride
If you drive, offer your services as a designated driver to help people get home safely. As the official designated driver, others at the party will help you to stay sober because they don’t want to have to give up their safe rides home. If it helps, wear a badge or other article to identify yourself as the designated driver. Bartenders and drink pourers will know to only offer you non-alcoholic beverages when you have on a physical piece of clothing that lets them know you will celebrate a sober New Year’s.
Learn About the Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Understanding how dangerous the combination of drinking and driving is can make it easier for you to avoid alcohol on New Year’s. Drinking can lead to impaired driving. Even if you feel sober, your reactions may not be adequate to prevent a wreck. Therefore, the best option is to stay completely sober at New Year’s to ensure that you will have the physical and mental sharpness to safely drive yourself and others home.
Let Fort Behavioral Health Teach You How to Have a Sober New Year’s
If you live in or near Texas, contact Fort Behavioral Health by filling out our online contact form or calling 844.332.1807 if you need help on how to have a sober New Year’s. Our substance abuse treatment programs include rehab for alcohol use disorder and other drugs. Because we base our treatment on a 12-step addiction recovery program, our ultimate goal for you is sobriety throughout your life. Our programs can help you get back on track if you have relapsed or have never undergone rehab before. Remember that relapse is part of the recovery process and not a source of disappointment or guilt. Contact us today to help make this New Year’s and future ones all sober holidays.