March signals the beginning of spring and one of the most popular holidays of the year. Celebrated every year on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday and has remained a popular day to celebrate Irish heritage and traditions. Unfortunately, it has also become synonymous with being an excuse to drink alcohol to excess among many adults. For those already dealing with alcohol addiction, the holiday can be tricky.
Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day
If you are in the process of recovery from alcohol addiction, you may experience the temptation to indulge in drinking on a day known for massive alcohol consumption. Even well-meaning friends may suggest you have “just one.” Anyone working to maintain their newfound sobriety knows that one drink is too many! Let your friends and family know that you plan to stay on track and do not wish to indulge in risking what you have worked so hard for just to “fit in” with others.
Alternatives to Celebrate the Holiday
You can still have a gathering of people to acknowledge St. Patrick’s Day, even if it may have to be online due to the pandemic. Sober friends may appreciate being with other like-minded people. Beer isn’t the only green drink available. Consider alternatives like flavored water and sports drinks that “shine like a shamrock.” Even if you are home alone, you can choose some Irish-themed movies to watch.
A quick Google search will provide many recipes, giving you the option to whip up something Irish for a snack or a full dinner. If you enjoy dancing, check out videos online teaching traditional Irish dancing and clear some space in your living room. Whatever you choose to do, remember that St. Paddy’s Day does not only belong to those who drink alcohol. A little creativity can create a memorable holiday!
When people think about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, they typically think about drinking to excess. This holiday doesn’t have to be just for those who enjoy green beer and whiskey, so get creative! Find a way to celebrate this holiday while staying sober. The Detox Center of Colorado offers an effective, compassionate residential place to detox and helps you plan for your future, including common triggers like holidays. Our small setting provides individualized treatment and professionals who can help you achieve your goals. Call us today to get started at (303) 952-5035.