New Year’s Eve can sometimes be a triggering experience for those especially in early recovery from alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and even process addictions such as gambling or sex – but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few recommended ways to ring in the New Year Sober!
Attend an Alcathon
Alcathons are marathon meetings, sometimes running for 24 hours, held in one space, so that people in recovery may attend to ring in the New Year. These meetings are helpful for those who may be feeling triggered with all of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, or individuals who are trying to avoid the party atmosphere all together. Many people in recovery have a tradition of attending these meetings as a way to feel and share their gratitude for their life in recovery and set their intentions for the year to come.
In Victoria, BC an Alcathon meeting will be held 9pm-3am at 627 E Dunedin St. Meetings will commence every hour until 3am. Alcathon meetings will be held all across Canada and the USA. Call your local AA office to find one happening in your area.
Attend a Sober Celebration
Although dancing sober for the first time for a person recovering from addiction can sound intimidating we can assure you it is a blast. Cedars at Cobble Hill Alumni have access to these events, as do all individuals in recovery from addiction. In Victoria, BC a Sober Dance & Celebration is being hosted by the VICYPAA (Victoria Young People In Alcoholics Anonymous). These celebrations are an excellent way for people in recovery to connect with like-minded individuals and spend New Year’s Eve in recovery – free from drugs and alcohol. Visit your local fellowship for details on events happening in your area.
Other ways to ring in the New Year SOBER include:
Get Active! – Attend a yoga class, attend a social sport event or host your own, go bowling, swimming or try skating! Many recreation centres will host special activities and events over the holidays and New Year’s Eve that are recovery friendly without the temptations of drugs and alcohol.
Practice Self Care! Attend a workshop or wellness retreat, try a New Years Eve yoga class, see a movie, create a piece of art, vision board or gratitude list, read a new book or treat yourself to an at-home spa evening with friends.
Connect! Call your sponsor, attend a meeting online (https://www.intherooms.com/ is one of the many meeting sites available) organize a potluck with individuals in your recovery community, or host a board games/trivia night with other sober individuals.
To all the Cedars Alumni and people in recovery – we wish you a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year!