When attending family and/or work gatherings, it is safe to say that alcohol will be present. Most people in recovery would like to maintain their anonymity. Not having a drink in one’s hand could raise flags, requiring you to explain why you are not drinking. While family members tend to be understanding about your recovery, it’s typically not ideal to have to explain to a boss or work peer that you have a history with substance abuse. Fortunately, it is OK to tell your coworkers that you do not drink without divulging your life story, such as saying:
- I don’t drink.
- I’m driving tonight.
- Alcohol affects me negatively.
Be sure to attend your home group on Thanksgiving. If you cannot make it because of a prior obligation, no worries, there are meetings happening all day long during Thanksgiving. It is not uncommon for people in recovery to attend multiple meetings during a holiday. Being around your recovery peers throughout the day is a sure way to maintain your sobriety. If you happen to be traveling, you can find local meetings at:
Hope by the Sea would like to wish everyone in recovery a safe and sober Thanksgiving.