Planning your first sober 4th of July can be nerve-wracking. Getting used to having fun while sober can be difficult, especially on holidays that can be very triggering.
At our drug and alcohol detox center in Florida, we understand how difficult those first holidays post-treatment can be. If you’re going to a party sober or hosting your first sober Fourth of July party, we have tips and tricks for enjoying the fireworks without the need for drinks.
Planning a Sober 4th of July Party
One of the easiest ways to enjoy Independence Day without drinking is to host your very own sober party. Celebrating with other sober people will make you feel less awkward about the fact that you’re not drinking because nobody at the party will be drinking. Follow these tips for planning a sober Fourth of July party:
- Plan party games that don’t require alcohol
- Have fun with decorating for the party
- Create a menu of non-alcoholic drinks beyond your simple sodas
- Start the night with icebreakers or icebreaker games
- Go to a local event to enjoy professional fireworks
By celebrating with other sober individuals, you won’t feel out of place if you’re not drinking on the holiday. The holiday can be that much more enjoyable with sobriety, as the dangers often associated with overindulgence aren’t going to rain on your celebrations. When you’re with other sober people to celebrate Independence Day, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a great party just because you’re sober, because everyone around you will be enjoying the celebrations while staying sober.
Attending a 4th of July Party Sober
If you’re going to a party sober and you’re not sure that it’s a sober-focused celebration, you’ll need to mentally prepare ahead of time. There are triggers on holidays like the 4th, especially for those who have found sobriety from alcoholism. Consider these tips before heading out:
- Volunteer to be the designated driver so nobody pressures you into drinking
- Plan an exit strategy in case you feel uncomfortable and need to leave
- Choose a friend to discuss your concerns with so they will help you out if needed
- Stay in contact with your sponsor or sober support group throughout the night
Getting and Staying Sober
If you or someone you love needs guidance in getting sober, we encourage you to reach out to our team. We offer drug and alcohol detox, and we can help you with planning an intervention for a loved one.