Adjusting your lifestyle to one that does not include drugs and alcohol can be extraordinarily challenging. Recognizing and celebrating a recovering addict’s milestones, such as one month, six months, one year, or ten years of sobriety, allows them to see their personal growth and progress. Being present and celebrating a loved one’s sobriety means recognizing the particular date on which the individual decides to change their life for the best.
You can celebrate this type of milestone in any way you prefer; it can be monthly, quarterly or yearly, like birthdays and anniversaries. For those who have a sobriety anniversary coming up and have yet to celebrate or for individuals who have never been able to celebrate, we have listed a couple of ideas as to how you can start marking your achievements.
The importance of celebrating your sobriety
When recovering addicts celebrate their sobriety alone or with family and loved ones, it reminds them of their decision to change their lives for the better. Throughout the recovering addict’s life, they would have had to deal with periods where they would have to face their cravings, moods, emotions, and mental challenges head-on and battle until they have won. Time must be taken to appreciate how hard they fought to continue their sobriety.
Friends, family and loved ones who have remained by the individual’s side and constantly supported them in the sobriety journey will too appreciate the moment. These celebrations are an excellent opportunity for the sober individual to thank and show appreciation to their loved ones for their constant support and recognize that they played a vital part in an individual’s recovery.
Ways to celebrate sobriety anniversaries.
Whether you have been sober for a month, a year or a decade, the particular date is an important time for everyone involved in the journey to reflect on how far the sober individual has come. One of the best ways to celebrate is to have a sobriety gathering.
Inviting loved ones and friends who have been vital members of the sober journey would love to share the success of your being sober for another anniversary. It is an excellent way for everyone to recognize your personal growth and for others to realize how far everyone has come as a unit. A sober gathering could be commenced in a variety of ways; you could:
- Treat your loved ones to doughnuts and cakes (who wouldn’t love that)
- Have a picnic in the park
- Get a bunch of board games to play
- Have a BBQ
- Reflect and laugh with each other
Throwing a sober activity party is an excellent way for everyone to share the loved and development of the sober individual. Throwing a celebration filled with activities will keep everyone happy, active, and having fun without alcohol or drugs. Below we have noted a few ideas:
- Go rock climbing
- Go for a group run in the park
- Create a theme; everyone comes dressed as something starting with the letter “S”
- Have a water fight
- Visit the local museum
- Make a healthy lunch or dinner
Have a “you” day
Staying sober at times can become challenging no matter how many years you have been doing it; therefore, celebrating your sober anniversary by yourself can be extremely rewarding. Pamper yourself, take yourself out, do something you love, and enjoy the day.
Share your journey
Although you are now thriving and living your best sober life, many individuals are currently suffering from their addiction. They are trying to reach long-term sobriety but are struggling. Talking about your journey can allow individuals to feel as if they are not alone in their journey. Speak up and encourage individuals to keep going; no matter how many times they fall, they can get back up and start again. Sharing your story can also allow you to reflect on how far you have come and encourage you to keep going with your sobriety to ensure you never return to that hostile place.
Try something new
Recovery, in essence, is all about moving on, adapting, and finding a new way to thrive in life. A fun way to celebrate your sobriety is to try something completely new and push yourself to new limits. If you have always wanted to swim with sharks, go surfing or skydiving, then book the experience and have the lessons. Make it happen!
Trying new experiences that you have always dreamed of but never could do because of your addiction will allow you to see how far you have come in life.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to the community. You have most likely spent much time in recovery, working with various professionals dreaming of the day that you are finally sober. Give that knowledge and experience to individuals who need it most. Not only are you doing something that will make you feel good about yourself, but you are also helping the local community, which is a rather rewarding feeling.
Always celebrate your achievements
Always celebrate your achievements no matter how long or short you have been sober. You do not have to ways until your sober anniversary. If you have been having a tough couple of weeks and have made it to the other side without relapsing, that is a massive achievement and should be treated as such.
Every day you stay sober is a massive achievement. Make sure you make time to reflect on how far you have come.