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The new year is upon us. Another year has passed and 2022 is looming on the horizon. Can you believe it
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, but it also comes with social pressure to drink. If you’re one of the many people looking to kickstart a “drink alcohol” resolution, how will you ring in the New Year without the champagne toast? If you are a recovering alcoholic or have an addiction, the idea of this celebration can be daunting.
The question is: can you still have an alcohol-free evening? Yes of course. Follow these 3 tips for planning an alcohol-free party.
Hollie White, MSW, ASPW, is the Project Coordinator for Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW / HWPP). It provides detailed resources and tips on overnight boating without alcohol.
1. Perspective changes
Celebrate your accomplishments and expect new goals
If you’re struggling with an addiction, the holidays can be a tempting time to exploit unwanted behavior. Healthier choices are available for those trying to stay away from alcoholic beverages or related behaviors.
White recommends changing your perspective. Easier said than done, right? Whether you’re trying to get sober, stay sober, or just take a break from the party, there are ways to be successful.
Changing your perspective can help you see what really matters. She says, “The New Year is a time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished over the past year and set goals for the following year.
She encourages people to “take the time to congratulate yourself on how you’ve grown in 2021 and where you want to go in 2022”.
To achieve a healthier lifestyle, you have to put yourself first. The New Year is the perfect time to start afresh. White says, “Not happy with the mistakes or lack of tracking of some 2021 goals?” Give yourself grace! These times are anything but ordinary, and even if ‘all you did’ was survive, then you are doing amazingly. ”
2. Find alternatives
Be social – know what you are doing, where you will be and who will be there
Finding alternatives to party can be difficult. Friends and families get together, restaurants have specials, and bars are open to patrons. All of these activities sound like fun, but going out could be problematic.
The alternatives are the way to go, whether you are looking for a safer route due to COVID-19 or because you want to stay away from the drinking scene.
White says, “I would have a plan of fun activities that you enjoy that will make these activities more engaging than recurring.” Make a plan with supportive friends and have a fun evening doing other things you’re less likely to get triggered on. You got that! ”
Activities to do:
- Visit Inmoxicated at 329 Main St, in Racine, a new understated bar – or “sobar” – that sells fun mocktails, darts and all the makings of a bar, alcohol-free!
- Do you like art? Invite friends over, give away mocktails, and together create vision boards for 2022 using mixed media, magazines, and more.
- Practice mindfulness throughout the day to take root and grant yourself grace because sobriety is DIFFICULT.
- Use mindfulness resources such as the Inner explorer application ; Originally designed for students, however, many adults and families have found daily use to be beneficial for all ages.
- Invite friends or family over for a game night.
- Cook dinner or make fun finger foods.
- Going to watch a movie.
3. Rely on resources
Healthier Wisconsin Looks Like a Resourceful Community
Racine County Social Services Family Resources Website has a variety of health information available to help achieve this goal for the community. Asking for help and reaching out can be difficult. When you feel stuck in the mud, it can be difficult to know where to step next. Move forward using available resources.
Hollie White has compiled the following list of helpful resources:
The New Year is a time to start fresh and make healthier choices. Now is the time to make yourself the best version of yourself. If you have mental health, addiction, or trauma issues, help is available.
Note: Hollie White is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work. She encourages people to contact a certified addiction counselor if further advice or help is needed.
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