Every Halloween, people all over the nation throw parties to celebrate. As a child, it’s a time for candy, costumes, and friends. For adults, it is certainly a holiday that involves a lot of drinking. Unfortunately, many of these parties allow or serve drugs and alcohol. For a recovering drug abuser, these parties can lead to temptation and relapse. However, just because you struggle with drugs doesn’t mean that you can’t have a sober Halloween. There are techniques and tips to help you stay sober.
Don’t Just Sit Around
The first and most important thing for you to remember is that you shouldn’t just sit around. The old saying that idle hands lead to mischief is certainly true. Don’t sit and think about missing all of the fun.
Times like these make living a sober lifestyle the hardest, so plan to stay active. Whether or not it involves Halloween activities, don’t be idle and feel sorry for yourself. Have some fun.
Go to a Meeting
Regardless of what you choose to do on Halloween, always attend a drug recovery meeting first. Halloween is full of temptation, and support meetings can prepare you for it. They’re also a great way to build up some confidence to stay on the sober Halloween path. They can offer support that gets you through your Halloween party.
Throw Your Own Sober Halloween Party
Are you having trouble finding a Halloween party for people who want to stay sober? Consider throwing your own to control whether or not you’re around alcohol and drugs. Invite others who want to stay sober over the holiday too. Chances are that they need a fun way to spend their Halloween that doesn’t involve drugs.
Get Ready for Temptation
One reason for going to a support group meeting is to prepare yourself for temptation. No holiday, including Halloween, is easy for a recovering drug user. In a perfect world, you could avoid being around drugs and alcohol at all times.
However, you can’t avoid being around these things forever. How you react to these situations define you. Don’t let your past keep you from living a fulfilling life.
The trick is to do your best to avoid stressful situations for a sober Halloween. You’ll likely run into people who are drinking or come across places where you used to drink. Create a backup plan or have someone to talk to when things like this happen.
Get Drug Addiction Help That Lasts
At Crest View Recovery Center, we believe in providing treatment that lasts. We don’t just want you to get clean. We want our substance abuse programs to keep you clean. That’s why we offer a large number of programs with relapse prevention in mind, including:
- Rehab treatment
- Trauma therapy
- Intensive outpatient program
- Gender-specific programs
- Individual and group therapy
- Relapse prevention
Don’t feel like you have to miss out on the fun. Learn more about how to have a safe and sober Halloween. Call us at 866.327.2505 for more information about staying safe.