Having a sober St. Patrick’s Day may be on your mind as March rolls around. The holiday is often celebrated with extensive drinking, even if it is only green beer. At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, we want our women clients and others to face the challenges of this holiday with courage, hope, and knowledge. Enjoying a St. Patrick’s Day that is free of alcohol or drug abuse is the goal of those women who have been through our drug and alcohol abuse treatment center. By taking the first steps, you will be among the women who have learned how to achieve and maintain sobriety.
You can achieve sobriety for this holiday as well as future holidays with friends and family through the right treatment program. Learn more by using our sober holiday survival guide
Tips for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day
You can achieve sober holiday survival with a few tips and strategies for those recovering from alcohol or substance abuse. Drinking does not have to be the way to experience this day. There are other ways you can celebrate that include:
- Enjoying traditional Irish foods, such as corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, soda bread, and more
- Dressing in green, which legends say began with the Great Irish Rebellion of 1641
- Attending a parade if you live in a big city, such as New York or Boston, where color and festivity are the marks of the day
- Visiting a festival of Irish music or attending an Irish folk music concert
- Throwing a party, where you’ll be in control of the drinks
- Making a green non-alcoholic punch to celebrate the day and your sobriety.
In addition to these ideas, you can reconnect with your recovery network and friends that enjoy other passions, such as playing a sport, cooking, movies, or another fun activity. Try not to be alone. Sharing a common experience is the best way to beat the blues on holidays.
Help for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day is Closer Than You Know
Our 12-step program helps those who have become sober remain so for years to come. At the Willows, you’ll find an alcohol abuse treatment program that begins with an evaluation and determination if you have mental health issues or might need family therapy.
Twelve-step meetings are just one part of the recovery process; however, these meetings can lead to better understanding and a better life. The steps have helped many to improve their lives after treatment.
Gender-specific programs, such as those at the Willows, increase bonds, knowledge, and help in social interaction. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the future might be with those peers from the recovery program rather than old, before-recovery friends.
Our programs to enhance your mental health include:
- Dual-diagnosis treatment
- Trauma therapy
- Relapse prevention education
- Experiential therapy activities
- Transformative behavioral therapies during individual and group counseling
The Willows at Red Oak also has meditation and yoga as well as a peaceful environment; it was once a horse farm. We offer partial hospitalization program, long-term (90+ days) programs as well as aftercare to help you maintain your sobriety.
Recovery Is Possible
Sobriety during St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays can be more comfortable. You can overcome your issues by going to a women’s-centered recovery center. Contact us at 855.773.0614, and we’ll get you on the right path to recovery and sober holidays ahead.