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Holidays and special occasions can be particularly challenging for individuals in recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

These events often involve social gatherings, stress, and the presence of alcohol, making it crucial to have strategies in place to maintain sobriety.

Here are a few strategies to help you stay sober during holidays and special occasions after alcohol use disorder treatment.

  1. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead can help you navigate potential triggers and stay focused on your sobriety goals. Here’s how to prepare:

Identify Triggers

Think about the situations, people, or emotions that might trigger cravings. Being aware of these triggers allows you to develop strategies to manage them.

Create an Exit Plan

Have a plan for leaving early if you start to feel uncomfortable or triggered. Drive yourself to events or arrange for a sober friend to accompany you so you can leave when needed.

  1. Bring a Sober Friend

Having a supportive, sober friend with you can provide encouragement and accountability. Here’s why it helps:

Support System

A sober friend can offer moral support and help you stay committed to your goals. They can also provide a distraction if you’re feeling tempted.

Shared Commitment

Attending events with someone who shares your commitment to sobriety can make it easier to resist temptations.

  1. Stay Occupied

Keeping yourself occupied during social gatherings can help reduce cravings and avoid boredom, which can be a trigger for some people. Here’s how to stay busy:

Engage in Conversations

Focus on engaging in meaningful conversations with others. Ask questions, listen actively, and participate in discussions to keep your mind occupied.

Help the Host

Offer to help the host with tasks like setting up, serving food, or cleaning up. Staying busy with tasks can keep you distracted from thoughts of drinking.

  1. Practice Saying No

Learning to say no to offers of alcohol is a crucial skill. Here’s how to do it effectively:

Be Firm and Polite

Politely but firmly decline offers of alcohol. You can say something like, “No, thank you. I’m not drinking tonight.”

Have a Ready Response

Prepare a response in advance for when you’re offered a drink. This can help you feel more confident and less caught off guard.

  1. Bring Your Own Drinks

Bringing your own non-alcoholic drinks to social gatherings ensures you have something to drink and helps you avoid the temptation of alcoholic beverages. Here’s what to do:

Non-Alcoholic Options

Bring a variety of non-alcoholic options that you enjoy, such as sparkling water, flavored sodas, or non-alcoholic beer or wine.


Prepare some fun and festive mocktails. Having a special drink can help you feel included and enjoy the celebration without alcohol.

  1. Focus on the Positive

Maintaining a positive mindset can help you stay focused on your sobriety goals. Here’s how to focus on the positive aspects of staying sober:

Reflect on Benefits

Remind yourself of the benefits of sobriety, such as improved health, better relationships, and increased self-esteem. Reflecting on these positives can reinforce your commitment.

Set Intentions

Set positive intentions for the event, such as enjoying the company of loved ones or appreciating the holiday spirit. Focusing on these positive aspects can help you stay motivated.

  1. Practice Self-Care

Prioritizing self-care is essential for maintaining sobriety, especially during stressful times like holidays and special occasions. Here’s how to take care of yourself:

Relaxation Techniques

Incorporate relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga into your routine. These practices can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Rest and Recharge

Ensure you get enough rest and take breaks when needed. Avoid overcommitting and give yourself time to recharge.

  1. Attend Support Meetings

Continuing to attend support group meetings during the holiday season can provide additional support and reinforcement of your sobriety goals. Here’s why it’s important:

Regular Check-Ins

Attending regular meetings helps you stay connected to your support network and reinforces your commitment to sobriety.

Holiday-Themed Meetings

Many support groups offer holiday-themed meetings or events, providing a safe and supportive environment to celebrate the season.

  1. Create New Traditions

Creating new, sober traditions can help you enjoy the holidays and special occasions without alcohol. Here’s how to start new traditions:

Sober Celebrations

Plan sober celebrations with friends and family who support your sobriety. This could include game nights, movie marathons, or outdoor activities.

Focus on Activities

Incorporate activities that don’t involve alcohol, such as cooking, baking, or crafting. These activities can create positive memories and reinforce your commitment to sobriety.

  1. Seek Professional Support

If you’re struggling to maintain sobriety during the holidays, seeking professional support can provide additional guidance and resources. Here’s how to get help:

Therapist or Counselor

Schedule sessions with a therapist or counselor to discuss your challenges and develop strategies for staying sober.

Treatment Programs

Consider enrolling in a treatment program or attending a sober living facility if you need more intensive support during the holiday season.