Enjoying Memorial Day Sober
Memorial Day. What comes to mind when you hear those words? The sound of firecrackers bursting, the smell of charcoal stemming from the grill, the taste of cold potato salad, or the feel of sand between your toes. If alcohol is involved in your vision of a typical Memorial Day party, it is time to redefine your definition of party.
A real party is when you do not have to worry about if you have had too many drinks to drive. Instead, parties should consist of making positive memories, enjoying good food, time with loved ones, and remembering it all. Memorial Day is the perfect sober summer kick off. Let the holiday be a positive precursor to an awesome summer where recovery remains your priority.
Memorial Day Weekend Ideas:
- Stay true to purpose of Memorial Day. Here is a list of different ways to honor those who gave the greatest sacrifice.
- Make it a weekend of rejuvenation. A three day weekend means three opportunities to treat yourself. If you want to dedicate one day to doing nothing, do it. Another day you want to go to the spa? Do it. You have off, enjoy it. Do not feel guilty if you’re idea of a good time is staying home.
- Try something new. Is there a bike trail you have been interested in trying? What about a new recipe? Now is the time to do it.
- Volunteer! “Give it away, or keep it.”
- Invite the family. Oftentimes those closest to us are our biggest support systems and go through the ups and downs of recovery with you. Take a day off from the stress of everyday life, and do something fun
Memorial Day weekend will come and go. Your sobriety should remain solid. If tempted or encountered by a trigger, do not panic. Know who you can call, like a sponsor. Do not make excuses. If necessary, attending a meeting before or after any holiday gathering. There is no shame in needing help. Always think of the future. It’ll never be just one. The decisions you make today will affect tomorrow. Remember that.
Seabrook is here to help you if you find yourself falling into temptation. We can assist you in getting back on track. With over 45 years of operation, Seabrook has seen a lot of Memorial Days and have the tools to help you recover, and make recovery last. If you or someone you know is in need of substance use disorder treatment, please reach out to us. We have a dedicated admissions team available 24 hours a day to help you when you need it.
To learn more about the various addiction programs offered by Seabrook, call us today: 856-455-7575.