two women carve pumpkins during a sober halloween celebration

Staying sober is a struggle during any holiday because they are often celebrated with alcohol. This makes it difficult for those in recovery. You want to celebrate like everyone else, but you don't want to risk relapsing. It's possible to have a great time while celebrating the holidays without drinking. The best way to have a sober Halloween is to create a strategy before the holiday. Decide what works best for you, and stick with it. For advice about how to celebrate this Halloween, contact San Antonio Recovery Center at 866.957.7885.

Sober Halloween With Friends

If you have some sober friends, get together for Halloween. You can support each other and actually have a blast doing something special together. Haunted houses, laser tag, or simply grabbing dinner can be a great way to have a sober Halloween. Create a new movie theatre Halloween tradition. Throw a sober Halloween party. The only limit to the options is your imagination.

Make It About the Kids

Many people view Halloween as a holiday for kids. The holiday began as a grown-up one. Kids (or candy companies) then hijacked it. Today, kids and adults share the holiday. Some things you can do:

  • If you have kids, taking them trick or treating is an excellent way to stay sober on Halloween
  • If you don't, you can always tag along with friends or family who do or even offer to take the kids trick or treating for them
  • You can also dress up in costume and pass out candy
  • You can take part in a trunk or treat program

Engaging with kids can allow you to fully experience the spirit of the holiday.

Be the Sober Person at the Party

If you are still early in your recovery, the best way to have a sober Halloween is to avoid parties or other places where alcohol will be a temptation. If you are further along in your journey, you may find that you can attend a Halloween party and enjoy it without drinking. It's a good idea to have sober friends or a sponsor to help hold you accountable.

It may surprise you as you watch the behavior of your fellow party-goers as the evening wears on. Being a sober person at a party can be fun. You are in control of your actions, so you can fully enjoy yourself. You can allow yourself to cut loose and be wild or silly without the aid of alcohol, which can be a very liberating experience. In addition, you can also be the designated driver, which your friends that enjoy drinking will greatly appreciate.

Find a Sober Event

In a larger city like San Antonio, there are sober events around most major holidays. It's easy to dismiss these as boring, but don't knock it till you try it. The myth that you have to drink to have a good time takes a long time to completely get out of your head. If you think a sober party can't be as fun as the one with alcohol-soaked gummy bears, it's likely this myth showing itself.

Sober events are attended by people just like you. Those that for whatever reason want to avoid celebrations involving alcohol, but still want to have a great time. Who knows, you might make some new friends. At the very least, it's a good way to stay sober on Halloween.

Stay Home

You don't have to celebrate at all if you don't want to. It's completely up to you. You can spend Halloween watching your favorite scary movies or telling ghost stories. You can turn off your porch light and ignore the holiday. Having a sober Halloween is important. How you accomplish it is for you to decide. Part of sobriety is learning what works for you personally.

Getting Sober With San Antonio Recovery Center

If you struggle with alcohol dependence, you can find help at San Antonio Recovery Center in San Antonio, Texas. We offer a wide variety of addiction rehab programs that are further tailored to each individual. Contact us today at 866.957.7885. Let us help you make this Halloween a sober Halloween.

Now is the time to focus on your recovery.


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