While every day brings its own challenge for those in sobriety, the holiday season can be challenging. Family stress, celebrations, and the change in season can make it hard to stay sober. Beginning at Halloween, those in recovery face several months of invitations to gatherings that may tempt them to use drugs or alcohol.
While a sober Halloween may seem boring, overwhelming, or impossible, sober living programs like Baltimore Detox Center’s alumni program can help people enjoy a sober Halloween. If you or someone in your life is in recovery and struggling to stay sober this fall, call Baltimore Detox Center to learn about our sober living and alumni program today at 833.714.1575 or visit our website for more information.
What Is an Alumni Program?
Residential rehab programs like 12-step programs often involve alumni to help people stay sober after their initial detox and recovery. Alumni programs offer advice, moral support, and often friendship in the form of sober solidarity. This type of support is often crucial during the holiday season or other social events like birthdays, engagements, and weddings when a former user isn’t sure how to integrate sobriety into socializing. For those in recovery, being surrounded by others enjoying alcohol during celebrations can be especially difficult. Alumni programs provide perspective, practical advice, and people who have been in these positions before.
Ways to Have a Sober Halloween
Staying sober during the holidays requires willpower and often more preparation. Sobriety, no matter the time of year, is about making the best choice for you and keeping sobriety a priority. Some activities that may make staying sober easier this Halloween include:
- Go to a sober event. There’s no need to worry about resisting drugs or alcohol when the party is intentionally sober.
- Throw your own party. Having control over guests, duration, and location can make it easier to be more comfortable and stay sober.
- Hand out candy. Stay in and enjoy the interaction and entertainment of trick or treaters.
- Stay in and watch a movie. Get out the popcorn and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage and turn on a classic Halloween horror film.
- Get out of town. Leaving town for Halloween can make it easy to turn down plans and prioritize your own needs.
Whether you participate in these or other sober activities on Halloween, know you aren’t the only one not participating. The peer pressure of the holiday season can often make it feel like you’re the only sober person in the room. Chances are there are more people around you putting sobriety first than you think.
Therapy Programs at Baltimore Detox Center
By matching detox programs with various therapeutic modalities, we prepare people in recovery for a healthy, normal life. Our therapy programs assist detox and sober living with programs such as:
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy program
- Anxiety, depression, and bipolar treatment
- Family therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
Embrace a Sober Halloween with Support from Baltimore Detox Center
Sobriety is a choice those in recovery make every day. The best way to stay sober is to surround yourself with healthy, sobriety-promoting people and activities. If you or someone you love has trouble staying sober and needs support, consider contacting Baltimore Detox Center.
Our sober living facility addresses both mental health and addiction treatment in an intimate in-patient center. We proudly provide a range of therapy and addiction treatment options to keep you or someone you care about on the right track. Get the help you need to enjoy a sober Halloween. Call us today at 833.714.1575 or complete our online form to learn more about sober living and alumni program support.