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Celebrating a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th. This is a historical holiday that has been celebrated not just in Ireland but in countries around the world for many years. It is a day to observe the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and celebrate Irish culture. Many people often celebrate it by attending parades, listening to Irish music, dancing, and having parties. 

Throughout the years this holiday has also come to be associated with a lot of heavy alcohol use. If this is your first St. Patrick’s Day in recovery, you might be thinking that you’ll have to miss out on the fun this year; however, this is not the case at all. There are many ways to enjoy a completely sober St. Patrick’s Day. 

At Sage Recovery, we believe that making time for fun sober activities is an important part of the recovery process. Making an effort to celebrate even the smaller or lesser-known holidays and observances is a great way to do that. 

Planning for Your Sober St. Patrick’s Day

When it comes to protecting your sobriety planning ahead is always a good idea whenever possible. This way you have a better idea of what to expect and are more likely to feel comfortable in the environment you find yourself in. Consider what you’re going to do to celebrate and who you are going to be celebrating with. Make sure that these people are going to be supportive of your recovery journey and won’t tempt you to drink. 

It is important to remember to keep an open mind when it comes to making plans this year. Maybe this year’s celebration is going to look a lot different than celebrations you may have had on this holiday in the past. You won’t be going out to the club or ordering drinks. However, you can still have a great time and make memories that will likely be a lot more meaningful than if you were to spend this holiday under the influence. 

Certain holidays can be more triggering than others to those in recovery. This holiday may bring back triggering memories for you. You may also experience unexpected urges or cravings. Because of that, it is important to surround yourself with your support system and stay on track with your continued treatment. This could mean scheduling an extra session with your therapist or attending an extra 12-Step support group meeting. 

At Sage Recovery, we believe that a solid support system plays an important role in preventing relapse. 12-Step support group meetings are a great place to find meaningful peer support. 

Activities for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

There are lots of fun ways to celebrate a sober St. Patrick’s Day no matter how old you may be. Consider one of the following activities:

#1. Attend a Parade

Many cities across the country throw a parade on this day. If your hometown doesn’t have one, consider looking online to see if you can find out in a different town nearby. This is a great way to help support local marching bands and small businesses. It is also a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday by dressing up in green and being surrounded by the excitement of the celebration. 

#2. Visit an Irish-Themed Restaurant

If you have never tried a traditional Irish meal before, now is a great time to give it a try. If you have a local Irish restaurant, this is a great opportunity to go and support them. Just remember that there is a good chance it could be pretty crowded on St. Patrick’s Day, so it may be worth making a reservation. 

#3. Cook an Irish-Themed Meal

If you don’t have an Irish restaurant near you, no problem. Consider cooking an Irish dish at home. There are plenty of free recipes and tutorials to follow.  Potato dishes, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef and cabbage are all some of the most commonly cooked traditional Irish dishes. Still, don’t feel like you have to make anything too complicated if you don’t want to. 

#4. Throw Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Party

When you are the host of the gathering, you are the one making the rules. Thus, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a completely alcohol-free gathering. Just make sure that your guests know this ahead of time so that they don’t bring any alcoholic beverages over to your home. 

Consider making some fun green mocktails, listening to Irish music, or even learning an Irish dance with some friends. This is also a great day to make some St. Patrick’s Day-themed desserts. For example, try out a homemade Shamrock Shake using mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

Many people who are considering entering recovery worry that they are going to miss out on social events when they become sober. Maybe they think that they won’t be able to have fun in the same ways they used to; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In recovery, it is not only possible to have lots of fun but to have more meaningful times with those you love. If you are not yet in recovery but want to begin your journey, our team at Sage Recovery can help. Don’t wait, reach out to our team today at (512) 306-1394. A member of our team can help you to learn more about what recovery could look like for you.