When you’re on the road to recovery, it’s important to celebrate every milestone, whether little or large. It takes an incredible amount of bravery to admit that you need help and start on the path to sobriety.
It may be one of the biggest challenges you face in your life, but it will also come with one of the biggest rewards. You should be proud of yourself in each step forward in your recovery. So, here’s what you need to know about celebrating sobriety.
Each celebration during your sobriety is a good reminder of how far you’ve come. Different people reach their milestones in different ways. For some people, the path to sobriety begins the minute they enter treatment. For other people, the day their treatment ends is when they begin counting days.
However, most people remember the last time they had a drink or used drugs and use that date and time as a reminder for milestones. Whatever works for you, be sure to congratulate yourself on any milestone achieved.
Sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. Before anything else, you need to make a commitment to changing your habits and that’s a hard decision to make. Many people hit rock bottom before becoming desperate enough to enter a treatment program.
Once you’ve made the commitment, you’ll need to go through the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that come with detoxing. This, along with therapy sessions and continuing to be accountable for staying the course, is a huge challenge. Once your treatment is over, you’ll need to apply everything you’ve learned to your everyday life.
If you’ve made it through this and you’re successfully on the road to sobriety, you have done amazingly well and deserve to celebrate.
Taking part in a treatment program for addiction isn’t just about sobriety. The tools you acquire during your treatment will benefit every aspect of your life, from your job to your relationships, and so much more. Sobriety allows you to become a better version of yourself.
These self-improvement tools help you make better choices, set healthy goals for the future, and enjoy being around others. Most importantly, you’ll learn to be more confident in who you are and boost your self-esteem at the same time.
There are many great ways you can celebrate your sobriety. Remember what the celebration is about and center your plans around it. Anyone who has been on this journey with you and supported you throughout will want to be a part of your celebration.
Kava bars are ideal for sobriety celebrations. If you like to get out and celebrate socially, a kava bar is perfect. They serve kava drinks which are made from the South Pacific pepper plant. They are non-alcoholic and non-hallucogenic, but they are known as a relaxant. If you have bouts of anxiety, a kava drink could help.
Boba tea is another option for a social celebration. If you want something low-key but memorable to mark the occasion, this could be exactly what you’re looking for. A boba tea shop serves boba tea, also known as bubble tea. It combines a bubble tea recipe with chewy, pearl-like treats included.
The pearls are made of tapioca and covered with the tea, then a topping of your choice is added to finish. It’s becoming a popular way to celebrate mini milestones.
You may also enjoy a non-alcoholic seltzer to celebrate. There is a huge variety of these available now, in a range of multiple different flavors to suit everyone.
If you don’t want to make a big deal of each milestone, or you’d rather do something to celebrate on your own instead of with friends, treating yourself is ideal. Is there something you want that you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself?
Perhaps there’s a pair of shoes you’ve been looking at for a while. Maybe it’s something as simple as ordering your favorite takeout food. Another great way to celebrate and treat yourself is to buy something that could help you to progress in a new hobby, like new sports equipment or a new canvas to paint on.
One of the best ways to celebrate is to help someone else achieve the same feeling of success as you. You don’t have to involve yourself in helping someone else get sober, but there are many ways you can volunteer to help in your community. You could offer your time at a local food bank or help a pensioner do their shopping. This is a great way to give back and also feel rewarded.
Whether it’s been a day, a month, or a year, every milestone is worth noting in a meaningful way. You may have many personal milestones along your journey and it’s worth celebrating each and every one. How you choose to celebrate is entirely up to you.
Along with looking back and celebrating how far you’ve come, marking each milestone is also a great way to encourage yourself to keep going. Sobriety is never easy, no matter how long you’ve been sober. Each celebration can be an incentive to continue making healthy decisions for your life.
Making the choice to face your substance use disorder head-on is a difficult decision. If you want to start your recovery, you should know you don’t have to do it on your own. There is support available to you when you’re ready.
At Jackson House Rehab, we’re here to provide that help. Our tailored treatment programs include everything from help to detox to psychiatry and family therapy. Your road to recovery could start today by contacting our friendly team for a free and confidential consultation.