Key Tips For A Sober Thanksgiving

Many holidays often involve the consumption of alcohol, which can cause temptation for those who have chosen a sober lifestyle. However, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the holidays without a single drop of alcohol, especially with a little guidance. With this in mind, view our key tips for a sober Thanksgiving to help maintain your sobriety during this festive day.

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Agree that You’re Not Going to Drink

First, you need to make an agreement with yourself that you’re not going to drink this Thanksgiving. Then, you can keep this thought at the forefront of your mind throughout the day and hold yourself accountable.

Bring Your Own Drinks

Bringing your favorite non-alcoholic drink will make you feel more comfortable. Also, if you already have a drink in your hand, you’ll reduce your chances of someone offering you an alcoholic beverage.

Learn to Say “No”

If someone does offer you alcohol, know that it’s entirely ok to say no. Don’t think that you’ll hurt someone’s feelings for denying the drink—you’re not rejecting the person, just the alcohol.

Know You Don’t Have to Explain

Sometimes when you deny a drink, people may ask you why. It’s imperative to know that you don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why you’re not consuming alcohol. This is a personal decision you’ve made, so it’s ultimately up to you who you want to share this information with.

Stay Close to your Support System

Throughout the day, stick with trusted family and friends who know about your sobriety. You’ll feel comfortable in their presence and can rely on them when temptation arises.

Manage Stress

While the holidays are exciting, they can also be equally stressful. Between cooking all day, hosting guests, and catching up with extended family, stress levels tend to build up. Make sure you have a plan for diminishing this stress, whether that be stepping away for a moment for some quiet, practicing meditation, or talking to someone about how you’re feeling.

Plan Your Exit

If the situation does become too stressful, plan in advance and come with your own form of transportation. This way you can exit whenever you feel that you need to step away from the festivities.

Reward Yourself

When the celebration has ended, be sure to reward yourself for making it through the holiday completely sober. This is a huge accomplishment! Treat yourself to a fun activity like having a movie or game night with friends, getting a pedicure, or whatever else it is that makes you happy!

Consider Myrtle Beach Recovery

We hope these key tips for a sober Thanksgiving help you throughout this upcoming holiday. However, if you’re struggling to maintain your sobriety, consider reaching out to Myrtle Beach Recovery. We offer short-term and long-term recovery programs, providing a safe place to work through the 12 Steps.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your path to sobriety.