As you can probably imagine, with so many parties taking place along the coast, it can be a real challenge for those working a program of recovery. However, the Fourth of July can be a challenge for anyone in recovery no matter where you live. It is absolutely paramount that all our readers in the program take certain steps to safeguard their recovery during the long weekend. Failure to do so could result in a relapse, or worse.
While the holiday is on Tuesday, you can trust that people will begin celebrating, around the country, tonight. It is rare that Americans get a four-day weekend, and it will surely be taken advantage of to the nth degree. So, with that in mind, do you have a plan for keeping your recovery intact for the next 4 days? If not, here are some friendly reminders.
Planning for Every Eventuality
It should go without saying that getting to at least one meeting a day is a must. Thinking that holidays justify a break from meetings is a slippery slope. Treat the next several days the same way you would every day of the year in recovery. Given that it is likely you will be exposed to some people’s drunkenness and debauchery, being totally grounded is invaluable. Going to meetings will help you remain centered and focused. Being able to keep your eye on the prize of recovery.
If any of your peers in recovery are hosting gatherings, such as a barbecue, during the holiday—make a point of attending. You may find yourself wanting to isolate over the long weekend, please do not act on this urge. Being by yourself means that you are inside your own head, which usually isn’t the safest place to be. Especially during a holiday, when the temptation to drink is often stronger than normal. Getting out of the house, and engaging with your peers in recovery is that best thing you can do. It can also be a lot of fun.
Are you new to the program? If so, stay close to where you go to meetings. Keep your phone charged and don’t hesitate to call someone else in the program, even if you are not feeling tempted. And remember, you can never go to too many meetings in early recovery. On Tuesday, there will be meetings going on around the clock. It is not uncommon for people to go to several during a holiday. We at Celebrate Hope would like to wish everyone a safe holiday. Please do not pick up a drink or drug, no matter what—it’s not worth it.
Breaking The Cycle of Addiction
If you are still in the active cycle of addiction, maybe this Independence Day is a good time to make the decision to seek help. Freedom from addiction is not only possible, it is necessary. We can help you start the life-saving process of recovery. Please contact us today.