Our nation has celebrated Independence Day since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. In 1941, The Fourth of July became a federal holiday. It is our nation’s most celebrated holiday. In the wake of COVID-19, with The Fourth of July broadcasted as the time it will be safe for Americans to gather in groups once more, this year’s celebrations will likely be significantly larger than usual.
Independence Day celebrations can be stressful for those in recovery or those struggling with a substance use disorder who have not yet sought help from an alcohol addiction treatment program. With the parades, barbecues, fireworks, and concerts that typically commemorate the day comes a lot of alcohol. That said, there are numerous options for sober celebrations.
At Harmony Hills, we understand the challenges that this celebration poses. Our addiction specialists can provide you or a loved one with tips for having a sober Independence Day Celebration. Reach out today to learn more by calling 855.494.0357.
Sober Holiday Activities for Independence Day
Alcohol is heavily marketed year-round, but especially so on the Fourth of July. Americans spend billions of dollars on beer and wine for Independence Day celebrations, making it one of the year’s leading days for alcohol consumption. Mainly because of the high rate of alcohol-related car accidents, the Fourth of July is regarded as the deadliest holiday of the year. Staying sober is the best way not to become part of these statistics.
If your goal is to stay sober this Fourth of July, the obvious way to do so is to avoid events where alcohol will be a key factor, and this is likely the best option if this is to be your first sober Independence Day. That said, it is unrealistic to think that you will always steer clear of being around alcohol. Part of the recovery journey is to decide not to drink or use drugs even when you are around them. Here are some ideas for sober activities that you can try:
- Do a movie marathon at a drive-in theatre
- Go camping with sober friends
- Find family-friendly events that do not encourage alcohol
- Go to the zoo, aquarium, public park, or museum
- Host a sober barbecue
- Plan a hike with sober friends
Celebrate With People Who Support Your Recovery
No matter where you are in your recovery journey, you’ve worked hard to get there. Spend your time with the friends and family who support you and your efforts to remain sober. If you feel that you have no choice but to attend an event where there will be alcohol, make sure that you plan to help ensure that you do not relapse. Consider these tips:
- Do not be reliant on someone else for transportation
- Bring your non-alcoholic beverages and have them nearby
- Focus on the food and activities
- Be in touch with someone who can help you be accountable, as a sponsor
- Listen to and trust yourself
- Have an exit plan and do not stay until the end
- Bring a sober friend with you
With some planning, you can enjoy sober holidays even if others around you are not. You can make the focus of this year’s Independence Day be the celebration of your independence from drugs and alcohol. Remember to take care of yourself and recognize when you need help. There is nothing wrong with needing to ask for some extra support to get you through sober celebrations. At Harmony Hills, we can offer multiple therapy options, such as:
- 12-step therapy programs
- Individual therapy programs
- Group therapy programs
- Family therapy programs
- Trauma therapy programs
Even with the best-laid plans, you may find yourself struggling through sober holidays like Independence Day. To stay successful in recovery, you will need to utilize the skills you learned in your alcohol addiction treatment program and rely upon the support system you have in place.
You Can Find the Support You Need at Harmony Hills
If you find yourself struggling through sober holidays, help is available. The professionals at Harmony Hills can offer guidance and support to get you through. To find out more, reach out by calling 855.494.0357.