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Alcohol Rehab in NJ | How Can I Plan to Stay Sober at Holiday Parties?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By December 12, 2017
What will help me at parties after alcohol rehab in NJ?

There is no need to be afraid of attending holiday parties after alcohol rehab in NJ. With the tools you gained in treatment and your commitment to recovery, you can have a happy holiday season with friends and family while staying away from drinking.

4 Strategies for Staying Sober at Holiday Parties

Keep a Sober Friend with You

As long as you’re comfortable confiding in a friend, telling someone that you trust about your sobriety and going together to any holiday parties is an easy strategy. Bring someone that wholly respects and supports your decision to be sober or a friend that is sober, as well. Et this person know that you’d appreciate their support and ability to hold you accountable. If you decide to pick up a drink, that person will be there keep you responsible for your actions and remind you why you have decided to be sober.

Keep a Drink in Hand

Not that kind of drink. Try keeping a soda, juice, or even a simple glass of water in hand to avoid drink offers. People will be less likely to try to hand you a drink if you already have one. Better yet, having a sweet, fizzy holiday drink that is fun will help you feel more like part of the crowd and less tempted to have an alcoholic beverage.

Have a Way Out

Sometimes the commotion of holiday parties can get to be too much. When the drinking starts to become excessive amongst the crowd, it is best to leave the situation. If you were able to drive yourself to the party, this won’t be a problem. However, if you are unable to drive, have a plan in place beforehand in case this scenario arises. Make sure that contacting a friend for a ride or getting public transportation home won’t be a problem.

Consider Why You Went to Alcohol Rehab in NJ

What can I do to stay sober at parties after alcohol rehab in NJ?

Remember that the holidays are not about parties and drinking. Instead, they are about spending quality time making memories with the people you care about. Being present and a part of those memories is the best part of living a sober life.

If you need any further help with staying sober this holiday season, contact the Discovery Institute. We are here to help support your sobriety through the season and for life-long recovery.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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