If you’re newly in recovery, you may feel ready to embrace the festivities of game day sober. Or, you may be hesitant to take part for many reasons. Whatever your emotions are surrounding the occasion, you can still celebrate your way while maintaining your recovery.
Dive into our tips for staying sober on Sunday’s game day below.
1. You don’t have to attend the party.
Just because someone invites you to their party doesn’t mean you have to acquiesce. If you don’t feel comfortable participating in the event, that’s completely understandable. Instead of going, consider throwing your own sober viewing party, beginning a new project, tackling errands, or taking yourself out to dinner.
2. Speak to your sponsor.
If you decide that you want to attend a game day party, let your sponsor know. They’ll be able to provide advice that draws on their experiences in sobriety and help you develop a game plan for the big day. Make sure your sponsor will also be available during the party in case you find yourself in need of help.
3. Invite a sober friend.
There’s power in numbers. Another sober person can support you throughout the party and vice versa.
4. Bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage.
Keep sparkling water, soda, or juice in your hand throughout the party. While you’re at it, indulge in all the game-day chips, dips, and wings.
5. Know how you’ll say no.
Prepare a response for declining a drink, such as, “No thank you. I don’t drink.” You shouldn’t feel obligated to explain your recovery.
6. Stay busy by engaging in service.
Practicing service can keep you from focusing on other temptations. If you find yourself feeling anxious, it may help to assist the host in tending to the needs of the guests.
7. Have fun.
Remember the reason you’re there. Enjoy the game, half-time show, commercials, and the company of your friends and family, while reveling in the feeling of being completely present.
8. Know that you can always leave.
Your recovery comes first. If you ever feel like your sobriety is in jeopardy, you can leave the party at any time. You’ll feel proud of yourself for your ability to prioritize your recovery.
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