Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom and independence. For many people, that means spending time with friends and family, enjoying good food and drinks, and watching fireworks. But if you’re in recovery from substance use disorders, the holiday can be tricky. It can be tough to find fun activities to enjoy without alcohol or drugs. So, if you’re looking for some fun, sober activities to do on July 4th, we’ve got you covered!
One great way to celebrate the holiday sober is to attend a community event.
There are often plenty of activities going on around the Fourth of July, from parades and concerts to festivals and fairs. Check your local paper or online calendar of events to see what’s happening in your area. This is a great way to get out and about, enjoy some festive fun, and meet new people without worrying about substances.
Another option for celebrating the Fourth of July sober is to host your own event!
Invite friends and family over for a barbecue or picnic. Set up some lawn games like frisbee or cornhole. You can also use this time to teach your kids about the importance of sobriety and healthy living. Show them that you can have just as much fun without alcohol or drugs.
Another viable option for sober activities is to volunteer for a charitable event.
One of the great things about volunteering is that when we are helping others, we are too busy to think about ourselves. Getting caught up in a retrospective loop can be a challenge for many people in recovery. Volunteering for a worthwhile cause can help break this cycle. We feel better when we help others.
Here are some additional great substance-free activities to enjoy on the Fourth of July:
- Go for a hike or bike ride. Enjoy the beautiful weather and get some exercise at the same time!
- Have a picnic. Pack your favorite snacks and non-alcoholic drinks and find a spot in your local park to relax and soak up the sun.
- Go to the beach or pool. Spend a day swimming, sunbathing, and playing games with friends or family.
- Have a Movie Marathon. Get together with your sober friends and have a screening of everyone’s favorite movies.
- Visit an amusement park. Many amusement parks have special events and activities during the holiday, so it’s a great way to enjoy some thrills without turning to substance use.
Going to an Event Where There Will be Alcohol?
It can be challenging for those in early recovery to attend get-togethers where alcohol will be present. Without healthy coping mechanisms and the proper tools, going into these situations too early in recovery can be detrimental. You can, however, prepare yourself for a Fourth of July party with alcohol by following these tips.
- Bring a sober friend. By having a friend who is also in recovery by your side, you will create a system of accountability that benefits both of you. You will be able to share the struggles you may be experiencing in the moment if you are tempted to drink. You can even set a code word that either of you can use to let the other know when it is time to leave.
- Bring your own beverages. Bring along a cooler of your favorite non-alcoholic beverages, because not all parties will have alcohol-free options. Plus, it could be a fun time to try out a new non-alcoholic beverage you haven’t tried before.
- Drive yourself. When you have a car, no one should question why you’re not drinking since you have to drive home. This can help relieve you of some peer pressure associated with drinking if you are confronted with the option. It also gives you an escape if you’re feeling anxious or unsure about the drinking taking place.
- Check your spiritual fitness first. Above all, check your spiritual fitness. If you aren’t feeling connected, or if you feel like you are on shaky ground, find a way to be of service on 4th of July instead and skip the booze fueled activities.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday! Remember that sobriety doesn’t have to be boring, no matter how you choose to celebrate. So get out there and have some fun with these sober activities suggestions! If you’re struggling with substance use, remember that help is available. We’re here for you. Happy Fourth of July!
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