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Staying Sober During St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, take some time to prepare for the day so you can protect your sobriety while still having an enjoyable experience.

Staying Sober During St. Patrick’s Day

The “Party” Atmosphere On St. Patty’s Day

For many people, St. Patrick’s Day represents a chance to let loose and party. Many St. Patrick’s Day events involve alcohol or even drugs. In fact, some establishments even dye their beer green to mark the occasion.

However, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol or other controlled substances. As someone in recovery, it is likely in your best interest to avoid this “party” atmosphere as much as possible.

Alternative Ways To Celebrate

At its core, St. Patrick’s Day is meant to be a celebration of Irish culture. The holiday was created to honor St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland who lived during the fifth century.

Celebrating Ireland’s culture does not have to involve alcohol in any form. There are many other aspects of Irish culture to focus on, including Irish music and literature, Irish cuisine, and Irish works of art.

If you enjoy a good party on St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t want to expose yourself to a dangerous atmosphere that puts your sobriety at risk, consider hosting your own event. Schedule an event that centers on the non-alcoholic aspects of Irish culture.

If you find yourself missing the feeling of having a drink in your hand on St. Patrick’s Day, consider making non-alcoholic drinks to share with your friends. Purchase non-alcoholic beer and dye it green to hold on to the traditional aspects of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

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The Importance Of Fellowship On St. Patrick’s Day

After you’ve been freed from the prison of addiction, every day is a celebration and every holiday is more special than it was before. On St. Patrick’s Day, you have another opportunity to express your thankfulness for getting a second chance at a positive, healthy life.

This holiday is also an ideal opportunity for you to spend time in fellowship with the people who mean the most to you. For example, you may decide to invite family members and/or friends over for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Alternatively, you may choose to attend an event with fellow members of the addiction recovery community. Whatever you do on St. Patrick’s Day, remember to take a moment to think about the value of your life, as well as your goals for the future.

Dealing With Triggers On St. Patrick’s Day

If you spent many of your previous St. Patrick’s Days drinking or using drugs, you may find this holiday to be a trigger in itself. Likewise, many of the activities scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day can be triggering for those in recovery, as alcohol is often involved.

If you believe you may face triggers on St. Patrick’s Day, be proactive to protect yourself and your sobriety. Here are some tips:

1. Avoid Situations Involving Drugs And Alcohol

On St. Patrick’s Day, reduce the risk of triggers and relapse by avoiding venues, events, and other situations that may involve alcohol or drugs. If you think you may be tempted by leaving your home, consider spending a quiet evening inside.

2. Have A Plan For Dealing With Triggers

If you face a trigger in spite of your preventative efforts, have a plan for dealing with it. Be ready to call a sponsor or seek support from another source if necessary. Practice the coping skills you learned in rehab or therapy.

3. Remember How Hard You Have Worked

When faced with triggers and tempting situations, remember how hard you worked to achieve your sobriety. Don’t engage in any activity that could put it at risk. Be thankful for your sobriety, and find joy in living a healthy and balanced life.

St. Patrick’s Day is an exciting and unique holiday for everyone, including those in addiction recovery. Even though you may not be able to celebrate in the same way you once did, you can still make memories on this special day.

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