The New Year is the perfect time to celebrate new beginnings and past victories, both big and small. No matter how far you are into your addiction recovery journey, your sobriety is an enormous victory — likely one of the biggest and toughest you’ll accomplish in your lifetime! We’re here to celebrate your sobriety and suggest fun ways to embrace your journey as the clock turns midnight and we turn the page to a new decade.
1. Throw Your Own Party
Depending on where you are in your recovery, a bustling New Year’s Eve party might sound like a little too much to handle. Although throwing yourself into an environment with alcohol or drugs is inadvisable, there are still plenty of ways to kick off the new year with a bang! Consider hosting your own New Year’s party with a fun theme and a group of close friends. Start 2020 surrounded by people who support your journey to sobriety and have your back as you continue working toward recovery in the new year.
2. Give Back to Others
One way to live a fulfilled, engaging life is to share the love with others around you. Perhaps you weren’t always in a place where this was possible, but now you may be able to start giving back to others. Whether it’s joining an addiction support group to encourage others by openly sharing your journey with people who are struggling or volunteering with a group of your choice, celebrate your sobriety by investing in a cause you care about this year.
3. Treat Yourself
Addiction recovery is intense and challenging, requiring incredible bravery and strength. Don’t forget you are a warrior! Treat yourself this new year in the form of a massage, spa day or new gadget you’ve been eyeing. Regardless of where you are in your recovery process, focus on all that you’ve accomplished and where you are today. You deserve a healthy luxury to kickstart the year.
4. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
With all the hard work you’ve poured into addiction recovery, let loose in a healthy way by giving your adrenaline a natural kick! Whether it’s pushing yourself to run a race, spending the day with your family at the amusement park or going on another bucket-list adventure, celebrate your sobriety with an activity you’ll remember. You’re really living again — embrace it!
5. Take a Trip
New Year’s is often a time of reflection and self-discovery. It’s also a time to look ahead and decide what you want from the next chapter. This year, celebrate by embarking on an adventure, near or far. You don’t have to travel all the way across the world to embrace your victories — a road trip or local getaway will accomplish a similar adventurous feel.
Reach out to AppleGate Recovery for an Extra Hand
No matter where you are in your recovery journey, everyone needs a helping hand at times. If you’re struggling with your addiction as the holidays approach and the year comes to an end, please reach out to us. We’re here to help you live a healthy, free life on your own terms!