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How to Handle Family Gatherings Sober

How to Handle Family Gatherings Sober

“A family can be the bane of one’s existence. A family can also be the meaning of one’s existence.”- Keri Hulme

From family reunions and Gam Gam’s 85th birthday to holidays and your cousin’s wedding, seeing your family at these events is just a part of life. But when you are a recovering addict, you may notice these special occasions feel different before and after you were an addict. Whether your family is supportive or dysfunctional, it can be difficult to navigate how to stay sober at family gatherings, especially when this family gathering includes all of your extended family.

Tips for Staying Sober at Family Parties

As an addiction rehab in Pompano, we work with patients with all different types of family dynamics and understand that these relationships can change drastically throughout the addiction and recovery process. One thing is certain – you cannot keep ducking out of every family gathering; eventually, you will need to face them, but at Banyan Pompano we want to help. We have some insight on how to have a sober party with family.

The most important part of attending these family gatherings as a recovering addict is to avoid situations and people that could result in a relapse. If your cousin is into drugs or just plain bad news and you are just returning from heroin addiction treatment, it is smart to avoid them as much as possible, at least avoid being alone with them. The last thing you need when you are trying to have a nice sober party with family is your cousin trying to peer pressure you into doing drugs.

Families gossip. While you may have told your immediate family directly about your addiction recovery, chances are word has also spread to your extended family as well, whether you like it or not. Do not be surprised if this happens and remember that being in recovery is not something to be ashamed of. If someone asks you to drink, politely decline. If your drunk Uncle Mike won’t stop pressing you on the subject, it is best to walk away before you say or do something you regret.

Some families like to have a good time, and for them that good time means a lot of alcohol. If you have already gone through alcohol addiction treatment and are now sober, these types of events can be trying. Confide in someone you trust beforehand and try to spend time with them at the event away from the drunken chaos.

Finally, remember that your addiction may have caused some pain to your loved ones and those cracks won’t heal overnight. While you may be enjoying a sober party with family, your sister could be harboring feelings of resentment and anger. It is best to try to make amends in private before the event, but to remember that one apology will not magically fix everything. If your immediate family is struggling from the cracks created by your addiction, a family program for addiction recovery may be a good option.

If you have still neglected to get help, do not wait any longer. Our substance abuse treatment center in Pompano is equipped to handle your addiction and provide you with the right tools for a prosperous and sober future.

Get started today by calling 888-280-4763.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
How to Handle Family Gatherings Sober
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