How can I have a fun Halloween without putting my sobriety in jeopardy?
- Bring a sober friend along to a party for support and have an exit strategy if you feel uncomfortable.
- Throw your own party, that way you have control over who comes, and what beverages are served.
- Have a spooky movie marathon with a couple friends. Have each person bring their favorite scary movie!
- Participate in traditional Halloween traditions like decorating your house and passing out candy to kiddos. Corn mazes and haunted houses are fun events too!
Remember, new traditions can be made at any point in your life.
Is it alright to serve booze at a Halloween party when some guests are in early recovery?
Early recovery can be temping for many people, especially around any Holiday. In the past, any party was an excuse to get intoxicated or get high. Being sober for these events can be incredibly difficult in the beginning, because they are learning to navigate situations with a new state of mind. Although it is ultimately the person in recovery’s responsibility to set healthy boundaries, it’s important for families to know how dangerous temptation can be. For the non-alcoholic, being in the presence of alcohol consumption isn’t a big deal. To the alcoholic and drug addict, the awareness dial has been turned all the way up, and it can be a constant battle in their mind to get through the situation without giving in.
(What if alcohol isn’t my family member’s “drug of choice”?)
If a recovering heroin addict is placed in a situation with alcohol, it may affect them differently than an alcoholic. At first it may not seem as tempting. In many ways, this is detrimental, because it allows a slip to occur much easier. The mentality of “It’s not my issue, therefore I’ll just have a little” can lead to the opening of Pandora’s box. Once they have consumed alcohol their sobriety is shot, and the next move is directly to their drug of choice.
Are there sober events happening in Portland?
The Portland Recovery Community Center will be hosting an NA Dance on October 29th at 7 pm. Get dressed up and boogie down until 11 pm.
Suggested donation is $10; however, no one will be turned away.