St. Patrick’s Day famous for celebrating with a good drink and lots of friendship. This Irish holiday is one that can be troublesome for those who are trying to live a sober lifestyle, primarily if, in the past, they engaged in alcohol abuse on this day. Planning a sober holiday is the best way to avoid relapse if you are already in recovery. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we can also help you get to that point. Call our treatment program today at 855.730.8825 for additional support.
Plan a Sober St. Patrick’s Day
Those with a history of alcohol abuse should invest some time into planning a sober holiday. Doing so helps avoid the harmful exposure to alcohol that can be detrimental to addiction recovery. To get started, consider what the most critical elements of this holiday are to you, such as the time spent with family or friends. For some people, it is paying homage to their heritage. Others celebrate to have some fun at the start of spring.
Simple Ways to Make St. Patrick’s Day Enjoyable
Knowing what your expectations are for this day, consider a few strategies to help maintain sober living goals on this holiday.
- Don’t give up on the parade. If that is what you have always done, go to a new area with different people. Instead of drinking, enjoy the parade’s floats and music.
- Get into the holiday with festive clothing and bright colors. It can be a lot of fun to dress in green. It is a simple way to celebrate, but it adds to the festiveness of the day.
- Do something outdoors. Find a marathon to run or plan a hike. After all, this holiday is all about celebrating spring’s arrival. Go on a hunt for a four-leaf clover with the kids.
- Plan meals that are very Irish to celebrate. This meal may include corned beef or other dishes important to a family’s heritage.
- Find a way to give back. Doing something meaningful and supportive of others on a day when you used to engage in alcohol abuse can be rewarding. Turn to a local addiction treatment center or a charity close to your heart.
You can have a lot of fun and make this holiday a meaningful one for you. Instead of thinking about what you may miss, look forward to new traditions and opportunities.
Know When You Need Help with Alcohol Abuse
A holiday like St. Patrick’s Day is an excellent example of knowing when to seek professional help for alcohol abuse. Drinking without control or the ability to stop may mean it’s time to get professional help. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we encourage you to embrace treatment now. We offer programs such as these to help:
- Residential treatment programs
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Mental health treatment programs
- Medication-assisted treatment programs
Ask yourself just how much alcohol controls daily life, such as drinking at work or waking up each day craving it. Some people feel intense pain and discomfort when not drinking. Others need it to get through the stress of the day.
Individuals struggling with daily life because of their consumption may benefit from addiction treatment. If already in recovery and are thinking about using again, it’s also time to seek professional help. Invest a few minutes in talking to a therapist who can offer insights into the level of care needed.
Call Sunflower Wellness Retreat for Help
Sunflower Wellness Retreat offers the support you need this St. Patrick’s Day. If you are struggling with maintaining a sober holiday, our team provides the tools and resources you need to begin treatment. To learn more, call our compassionate counselors at 855.730.8825 or reach out to us online today.