Celebrating Independence in Recovery

As we look forward to this Independence Day weekend, our staff encourages you to celebrate your own independence: freedom from drugs and alcohol. Individuals who have overcome the struggles of addiction to live full lives in recovery should take this opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments. We’re proud of you!

Celebrate Freedom from Drugs and Alcohol

Anyone who has dealt with addiction understands how fully it controls your life. What begins as casual drinking or substance use has the ability to spiral into a physical and psychological dependency. When you’re in the grips of addiction, liberty from substance use may feel very far out of reach. Only by doing the hard work of recovery and dedicating yourself 100% is it possible to break free. Once you’ve completed treatment and have become involved in meetings and aftercare programs, you’ll find freedom from the physical, emotional and spiritual damage caused by drugs and alcohol.

This is a cause for celebration! You deserve to be commended for leaving your old life behind and changing for the better. When you’re observing our country’s freedom, consider using this occasion to mark your own accomplishment.

Ideas for Sober Celebrations

The first step to enjoying a safe and sober Independence Day is to involve your friends and family. Be sure that you’re socially distancing and remaining responsible in light of the novel coronavirus. Once you’ve coordinated with your loved ones, consider trying some of these exciting, substance-free celebrations.

Watch the fireworks. If your area is still putting on a fireworks spectacular, you can enjoy it from afar. Avoid heading downtown or to crowded areas. Find a hill with a view to watch the show or tune into a national broadcast of one of the larger spectacles.

Get outside. Tennessee is a beautiful state full of parks, lakes and hiking trails. There’s no shortage of free, local resources for outdoor fun this weekend. Find a less crowded spot and soak up the sun!

Have a picnic. If you’re looking for a way to connect while staying six feet apart, a picnic could be your answer. Stay outdoors and space yourselves out; be sure to bring some great food. This way, you can catch up and enjoy each other’s company this Independence Day weekend.

Catch a movie. Whether you put up a projector in the backyard or visit the Stardust Drive-In in Watertown, TN, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a patriotic movie with your friends and family. Bring your popcorn and some non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy an entertaining Independence Day film.

Stay in – it’s okay! In these unprecedented times, there’s never been a better reason to stay in and relax on Independence Day. You don’t have to worry about missing out on big parties or gatherings; hopefully, everyone will be staying safe and apart this 4th of July. Stick to your routine, curl up with a good book or movie, do a craft, bake some cookies – celebrate however you’d like.

Avoid Triggers This Independence Day

Whether it’s your first or tenth year sober, holidays can be tough. The 4th of July can be one of the most triggering observances for those in early recovery, mostly because it hinges upon drinking and partying. By focusing on your recovery during this time, you’ll keep your priorities in line and avoid the risk of relapse.

Independence Day triggers include parties, being around people who are drinking, receiving offers of drinks or drugs and pressure to say yes. To avoid these, we recommend hosting your own sober celebration or deciding to attend an alcohol- and drug-free gathering. If you need to go to an event that may involve drinking, bring along a member of your household who is supportive of your sobriety. Additionally, consider attending some virtual AA and NA meetings before leaving the house. This will strengthen your resolve and prepare you for a memorable, substance-free day of fun.

If you find yourself worried about the risk of relapse this weekend, the staff of Cumberland Heights is here for you. Our team is standing by 24/7 to answer your questions and provide support. If you would like to learn more about our residential and outpatient treatment options, please contact us today.