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People love a good celebration. Weddings, graduations and birthdays are common milestones where family and friends gather together to celebrate. Now, a new type of celebration is growing in popularity: sobriety parties.
Recovering from an addiction takes constant commitment, hard work and perseverance, which deserves to be recognized.
Overcoming a struggle with addiction is a huge achievement in life. It’s important to take pride in what you’ve accomplished along your road to recovery. Surrounding yourself with family and friends adds to the fun and encourages you to maintain sobriety.
Popular ways to celebrate your recovery may include:
There’s a number of ways to celebrate your sobriety, so don’t be scared to think outside the box and get creative!
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Some people like big parties, others prefer a more intimate get-together. Here are four ideas to get you started on planning your sobriety celebration.
Theme parties are a great way to get everyone involved in the excitement. Let’s say you love the idea of a tropical vacation with palm trees, water and music. Why not incorporate those elements in your party? Set up lounge chairs, have some water games like Slip ‘N Slide and sip on nonalcoholic pina coladas. You can even have guests come in a tropical themed outfit. Bring on the Hawaiian shirts, flower leis and flip flops.
A celebration can be centered around the things you enjoy most. Activities like bowling, mini golf, ice skating or go-kart racing are great options for groups of any size and age. Step it up by adding an element of competition to make it more challenging. Spending the day playing games and activities is a great way to bring people together without the added pressure of drinking.
For outgoing individuals who enjoy meeting new people, community events provide an alternative to low-key celebrations. Start a team with your friends and family to raise awareness for a cause. Some events have 5K races, relays, mud volleyball and other activities which are all recovery-focused. A large number of drug addiction awareness events take place during National Recovery Month in September. Throughout the month, you can join forces with people from all around the nation to celebrate recovery.
A comprehensive recovery plan involves setting goals in increments to maintain sobriety. Each time you complete a goal, reward yourself. For example, each month of sobriety may be a milestone. After one year, you may decide to increase your goal to every quarter or semi annually. Rewards don’t need to be extravagant – it can be a new outfit, tickets to a sports game or concert, or dinner at your favorite restaurant. Celebrating milestones will keep you motivated and encouraged throughout your ongoing recovery.
Recovery-related milestones help you remember where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. Reminding yourself of the goals you’ve accomplished will lift and inspire you during difficult times.
Celebrations are also a time to share your joy with family members and friends. Surround yourself with those who matter most and show appreciation for their unwavering support. Together, you’ll create plenty of new traditions and happy memories.
No matter how you choose to celebrate your sobriety, the message remains the same: recovery works.
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