How to Thrive at Holiday Parties While in Recovery
Holiday Party Risks
Holiday Party Safety
- Find a recovery ally you can connect with. You might be surprised how many people would respect your decision to abstain from alcohol. Whether it is another person at the party or a member of your recovery support network, be sure to connect with them before, during, and/or after the event. If the event allows a plus-one, consider bringing a recovery ally as a wing-person.
- Keep a soft drink in your hand. One of the biggest temptations can be the well-intentioned “Can I get you a drink?” question from your peers. If you already have a beverage in your hand, then you will likely avoid this question.
- Stay active—in body and mind. Be interested and participate in the party activities. Whether it be a gift exchange, karaoke, or some game, get involved. Visualize yourself in the way you prefer to be. If you have a game or talent, share it. You can still be the life of the party, even if you are sober—and you’re more likely to remember it the next day.
- Respectfully take a rain check. Depending on the culture of the holiday party, it can be appropriate to decline the invitation while keeping the door open for future gatherings.