As an earlier blog post mentioned, the holidays are upon us, and there will be a lot of celebrating which can be uncomfortable for people in recovery. While there isn’t a lot you can do to stop the drinks from flowing to others at holiday parties, you are entirely in control of your own drinking or drugging behavior. It’s up to you to say no when it’s offered.
Marijuana has is legal now in many states, and now recovering addicts find themselves at “normal people” holiday parties having to say “no” to more than one substance. Parties like this can be mighty uncomfortable if you used marijuana or alcohol casually. For many people, both are gateway drugs to the hardest stuff that eventually took them down the road of addiction.
So, how do you say “No” to anyone without coming across as rude?
Saying “No” is a powerful thing. Whenever you say “no,” you are re-committing yourself to a lifestyle of recovery. If you’re triggered by the offer of a drink or drug, remove yourself from the situation. You can either leave the room or even leave the party early.
If you are obligated to go to a party such as a work function or family potluck, offer to bring the non-alcoholic beverages. You can also ask the party host to have a table for the non-alcoholic drinks. (You don’t want anyone stealing your soda for mixers, after all!)
If you’re offered a drink or a drug and say no, the next step is to walk away to another room. If anyone tries to coax you into drinking or using, explain that you don’t want a drink and you’d appreciate if they don’t ask again. Make a note of that person’s behavior in the back of your head, because they could be a possible trigger to use.
Always have a plan for recovery when you’re going to an event that involves alcohol or possibly marijuana use. You should work this type of scenario out with your support networks such as your therapist or sponsor.
These are just a few ways that you can say “No” to a drink or a drug when you’re at a function such as a party or wedding. Please note that there are a lot of ways you can choose to phrase it. If you’re ever left wanting to use or feeling emotional because of the alcohol or drug use at a function, go to a meeting right afterward. You should also consider leaving early.
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