New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It’s the one holiday predicated on staying up late and drinking a toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world are televised and seems like the whole world is having a party. If you are in treatment, you might feel like you are missing out. You might imagine your friends are having a great time without you while you’re stuck in a treatment center.
There is, however, another way to think about it. New Year’s is a time to reflect on the previous year and think about how you want the next year to be better. For most people, this means joining a gym they never go to or starting a diet that lasts about a week, but for you, it could mean taking a decisive step toward sobriety.
While every day is a good day to quit, think of the significance of having spent New Year’s Eve in rehab. Every new year will a kind of anniversary of your sobriety. While everyone else is getting ready to party, you will think about what you were doing last year and how far you’ve come. It will be as if the whole world is celebrating your recovery.
Then, of course, there is the practical aspect. On a night when everyone is at a party, your willpower will be pushed to its limits. If you are in treatment, you won’t be partying. Instead, you will be among people with the same goal as you, offering each other mutual support. This can become a new tradition. Instead of spending New Year’s Eve with your friends in their cups, you can spend it with your friends in recovery. It can be a kind of yearly affirmation in defiance of the common trend.
Spending New Year’s Eve in rehab is a chance for you to reframe the holiday. Whereas it was once an excuse to party, it can now be an occasion to reaffirm your commitment to sobriety. In future years, you can attend meetings or sober parties and share your experience with others in recovery. AA, NA, and other recovery organizations often host “alcathons”–24-hour meetings so people have somewhere to go on New Year’s–or sober parties. Those can be opportunities to have a bit of fun while getting to know people outside of regular meetings.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. Don’t let another new year pass without making a change. Call us today at 844-325-9168 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.