Whether this is your first holiday season in recovery or you have been sober for years, the holidays can be difficult for sober living in NJ. Not only do friends and family have parties where alcohol is present, but many offices do, as well. Moreover, sometimes refusing these parties doesn’t seem like an option. Keep reading for help on how to stay sober through your company’s holiday office party.

Before the Party

Reflect – Make sure to take a look at your relapse prevention plan before going into the office. Remember why you chose sobriety in order to stay in a good headspace at the party and resist any temptation to drink.

Primp and Pamper – Additionally, looking good can make you feel good emotionally. Instead of your attitude toward alcohol being the impression you make, try out an affordable new outfit or a new hairdo.

Consider Company – Lastly, consider bringing someone with you to the party who can help you have a good time without threatening your sobriety.

During the Party

Take on Responsibility – Be social at the party and stay away from alcohol at the same time. Have fun by volunteering to record the event, take photos, help with the food, or become the party DJ! Keeping busy can help keep your mind off of wanting a drink.

Make a Fun Goal – Staying busy doesn’t have to be a chore. Try talking to a certain number of new people or attempt to sample a small piece of each dessert. Have fun while keeping your thoughts away from alcohol.

Leaving the Party

What can I do during the holidays to help my sober living in NJ?

Have an Exit Plan in Mind – You may not have a specific time you want to leave in mind. It may be a simple cue of when many of the party guests are starting to drink more. Furthermore, do not feel pressured to become a designated driver. As a sober you guest, you can always offer to call a cab or friend to pick up another guest that is not able to drive. If being around someone who is drunk is going to pressure you, then simply don’t do it.

Enjoy Sober Living in NJ This Holiday Season

If you need help with staying sober during the holidays, contact the Discovery Institute. We are ready to help you maintain the sober life you have worked hard for.

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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