Looking back at where you started, and where you are now will undoubtedly be a bittersweet experience for a recovering drug or alcohol addict. Addiction Treatment in New Jersey or in any state for that matter, can be an overwhelming experience when you first arrive at the detox center. In New Jersey, at the Discovery Institute, we put forth great care to assure that your every need is met, and that you are comfortable throughout your detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation.

How To Celebrate With Your Sobriety Intact

  • Host a game night.

Get together with your friends and play board games, eat popcorn or your snack of choice, and shoot the bull. Remind them that the night will be free from addictive substances.  You’ll be relying on heavy competition and genuine human connection to provide your evening’s does of natural rapture. Trust me, the side effects are far more appealing!


  • Discovery InstituteHave a potluck.

When you think of potlucks, you may think of your starving twenties. It is after all a great way for college aged kids to get together and enjoy a good time without having to spend a pretty penny at a restaurant. However, as an adult maybe money isn’t as much of a concern for you, but getting together and spending your time and love making a delicious and nutritious dish to share with your friends or family, can be a reminder that the simple things in life can be just as, if not more inspiring than the substance addiction that you’re recovering from.


  • Throw a rehab reunion.

New Jersey treatment centers are a great place to build a tight group of friends. You’ve probably been thinking about the other patients that you bonded with while you all faced the daunting task of getting sober. Consider hosting a get together to bring your buddies from your addiction treatment in New Jersey all to the same place again to talk about how everyone is managing in their new sober living. In New Jersey it can be hard to make connections these days, but remember, at Discovery Institute you already have a strong network from going to substance abuse detox and rehabilitation.


If you’re not used to doing it, it can be hard to find ways to celebrate sobriety milestones or even just get together with friends to have fun, without involving illicit substances or alcohol as an icebreaker. The great thing is though when you’re living a sober life, it’s so much easier to walk around the barriers of social engagement. So you can feel confident as you bring people together to celebrate your sobriety with you. As you do so, you’ll find that that reminders of success can float you through the difficult times and give you the energy and will power to see relapse coming, so you can turn and walk the other way.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy 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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