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The Sober Professional’s Guide To Fourth Of July

The Sober Professional’s Guide To Fourth Of July

Holiday celebrations can be challenging times for the newly sober professional. With passing years, “drinking holidays” are less impactful or triggering. These three suggestions will help you navigate your first fourth of July as a sober professional.


Bring your own beverages to a fourth of July celebration where there is likely to be alcohol served. As part of your renewed commitment to health and wellness, you may have cut out sugary sodas and drinks. There is no shame in showing up to a party with your own beverages so that you feel supported and comfortable with a drink in your hand. If you don’t have time to grab drinks of your own, get creative with what’s available at a stocked bar. Try pineapple juice and soda water for a fizzy sweet sensation or just soda water and lime for something light and refreshing. “Mocktails” are becoming increasingly popular, offering you endless alcohol-free options.

Set flexible time limits for yourself

Set goals for how long you want to be at the parties or how late you want to be out. Instead of creating rigid time slots, be flexible. If you convince yourself you only want to stay an hour, but end up having a good time, you might feel pressured to leave early. However, sleep is important in the first years of recovery as the brain and body need deep rest to heal. Staying up late to celebrate with friends is certainly called for on the Nation’s birthday. Keep in mind your responsibilities to yourself and to your profession. Fourth of July is on a Wednesday this 2018 year. Unless you have the next day off, it is important to your recovery that you walk into work well rested and ready to perform.

Know your PTSD

Many professionals who come to treatment and recovery are living with co-occurring disorders. In addition to their substance use disorder, they live with another mental health disorder, like post-traumatic stress disorder. The fourth of July holiday and all of its fireworks can be triggering to professionals who have had trauma in their lives which involved jolts, screams, or loud noises. If you know you will have a hard time with the triggers of fourth of July fireworks, schedule yourself to be home before fireworks start. Plug music into your ears, put on a favorite movie, and engage in the self-care you need to maintain a sense of safety.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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