Cinco de Mayo is a holiday of celebration that often includes a few drinks. Yet, staying sober is a critical decision for men and women who are in addiction recovery. How do you manage holidays like this where drinking is so prevalent, and you want to be a part of it all? Alcohol addiction treatment prepares a person to overcome these obstacles. Our team at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center is also available to help answer all of your questions. Contact us today at 855.952.3546 to learn more.
Staying Sober Requires Ongoing Effort
It’s a good idea to use Cinco de Mayo as a first step in overcoming alcohol or drug addiction. This holiday could be one of the most important triggers you work to overcome. Perhaps you used to spend a lot of time celebrating with these substances before. In such cases, it’s going to be a challenge to enjoy this day without them, especially if this is your first holiday after addiction recovery began. There will be other holidays that also pose a risk.
The best way to remain sober is to have a plan to deal with these types of triggers. If it is common in your friend group or family to celebrate this holiday with alcohol or drugs, know what to do in advance:
- Recognize the holiday is coming up. Plan to keep yourself busy that day.
- Avoid being alone. Instead, spend time with someone that knows how much you’ve worked for sobriety.
- Living sober may mean avoiding the same activities and locations you used to visit when you were using on this day. Make a solid effort to stay away from those experiences.
- Find other ways to celebrate the holiday, such as with friends and food. You may even want to host a child-friendly event to distract yourself from alcohol and drugs.
- Create your own celebration with friends who are more than willing to skip the substances. If no one will do that, host a themed event with movies and good food.
It’s not easy to be the only one not drinking. Life after rehab relies on your ability to say no and stay away from these threats, especially during your first year. Don’t view that as a disappointment. Instead, see it as a mark of accomplishment for you. You’re making better decisions and not letting drugs and alcohol control your future or your health.
Know When You Need More Help for Substance Abuse
For men and women struggling with the thought of drinking or using on this day, recognize the need for more help. Seek out a drug treatment center and schedule an appointment with a therapist. Make sure to mention that you are at risk for relapse. Just thoughts of using again, especially when they may seem like good thoughts or actions you want to act on, put you at risk for relapse.
Our team at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center can help you if you are at risk. We offer a range of programs that can provide immediate support:
- Men’s rehab center
- Women’s rehab center
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient treatment program
Even if you need to come in for a short appointment with a therapist or reaffirm your goals to continue to live a sober lifestyle, make the appointment. Come in to see a treatment specialist who can help you.
Find the Help You Need at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center
Are you finding it hard to stay sober? Whether it is the holiday or other reasons, recognizing the risk of relapse is an important part of long-term recovery. Our team at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center recommends reaching out to us for a counseling session. Learn how we can help when you call 855.952.3546 or connect with us online today.