Many people in recovery feel that their first sober 4th was one of their best, especially if they prepared and plan in advance. It’s one of the most amazing gifts of recovery – the ability to be fully present for all our experiences.
How to Put Recovery First for Summer Parties and Gatherings
The most important thing you can do to protect your recovery and have a fun 4th of July is to think ahead. Talk to your recovery community about your fears and concerns and ask for advice for ways to navigate social gatherings safely.
Also, remember that your first 4th of July sober may be an opportunity to develop new traditions with your sober network. Trust your instincts; if you think getting together with people who are drinking and/or using substances will put you in a precarious position, it’s time to change it up. This doesn’t mean you have to stay home, and it’s important not to isolate. What it means is that there are many fun things you can do while practicing social distancing and taking measures to keep yourself safe with others who also prioritize wellness and recovery and don’t need a substance to have fun and celebrate summer.
Here are some other tools you can use to prioritize recovery and have a good time on the 4th, or anytime you attend a summer gathering:
Stay Close to Your Support System: When holidays like July 4th come around, we aren’t always able to choose who we spend time with. If you don’t have a choice about attending an event or gathering you feel may be toxic to your recovery, be sure to speak to others in your support network about your fears and concerns. Ask a sober or supportive friend to be available to you by phone/text in the event you need support. Even more importantly, make sure you contact this person if you start feeling off. It’s amazing how simply sharing your truth with a supportive friend can greatly reduce anxiety and remind you that you are NOT alone!