Part of the human condition is marking the events in our lives that we perceive as being significant. That is true for things like wedding anniversaries or birthdays. However, the date that someone got sober might be even more important to them.
Someone who is struggling with addiction might check out Tricare-approved alcohol rehab. This kind of program might be what it takes to get them to give up the habit. Once they have broken free of alcohol’s stranglehold, they can start looking forward to reclaiming their life again.
If you were an addict in the past, but now you’re sober, you may be at a loss when trying to think of ways you can celebrate your sobriety milestones. These are worthy of celebration, though, so here are some suggestions you might consider.
Have a Party
You can always have a party without alcohol. You can invite all your friends and spend some time together. You might have a potluck where everyone brings different foods, or maybe you’ll play some party games. You can even have some nonalcoholic beers if you think that would be appropriate.
Check Out an Amusement Park or a Theme Park
Maybe you don’t live too far away from an amusement park or a theme park. There are always the Disney theme parks if you don’t mind traveling to them, or there are ones like Six Flags all around the country.
You can go there with some family members and friends. If you’re daring, you can ride some of the scariest roller coasters, or you can stick with tamer rides if that’s more your style.
Have a Cookout
You might have a cookout in your backyard and invite a few family members, neighbors, or friends. You can cook some burgers and hot dogs or make some vegan or vegetarian options if that’s what the crowd likes. This is the kind of activity that you can enjoy without needing alcohol to make it more fun.
Visit an Aquarium or a Museum
You might have a quiet celebration where you visit something like an aquarium, a zoo, or a museum. These kinds of pursuits are often better for former problem drinkers who like their peace and tranquility. You can watch the fish swim, see some gorgeous artwork, or watch the animals living their lives in recreations of their habitats.
Have a Romantic Date with the Person Who Means the Most to You
Maybe you’re married, or you have a significant other in your life. Perhaps you have someone who you just started dating, but you think things are progressing nicely.
You can celebrate the anniversary of your sobriety by spending some time with them. You might go out on a date at a restaurant. Instead of alcohol, you can have some sparkling water or a soft drink.
The two of you can revel in the fact that you have stayed away from temptation. Seeing that special someone can be a reminder of why you got away from drinking.
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