How did St. Patrick’s Day become all about getting wasted!? Does anyone actually know what the holiday is about? I sure did not know, till I got sober. (If you’re still not quite sure, you can read about it HERE.
I loved all drinking type holidays because it always meant that my drunk behavior, however outrageous, could very well be justified! Because why not? Everyone else was doing it! So, I had the right to get extra plastered because everyone else was, and no one would think that I had a drinking problem at all! Then the next day, everyone would be talking about what a crazy-amazing, and fun time we all had, and what a cool and fun party girl I was!
Ummm… What? That is not how it really happened!
Well… I did however have some crazy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It always started out like fun… green beer, Jameson whiskey and shots of Bailey’s. Parades, bar-hopping and dancing! Oh and KISSING of course! (I am not Irish, but what the heck, right!?)
Then the end was miserable.
First of all since most bars open extra early to celebrate the day, I would start drinking at 9 a.m. and be passed out somewhere by noon; not enough that I didn’t have a moderation gauge (ever), I was also lacking the pacing gauge! Once I got started I just kept going! Then I would wake up, in utter panic, not knowing where I was and how I got there. UGH. Later there was no talking and reminiscing about what a fun night that was, it was listening to “friends” laughing about how shit-faced I was and what foolish things I did! UGH again!
So if you are like me, and you can relate to this little story, and… maybe a minute ago you were just contemplating going out with your friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s in the “traditional” way…
STOP and RE-THINK IT!
Bring back the memory of your last St. Patrick’s celebration, and play it all the way thru to the end. Chances are that this is exactly how the celebration will end, once again.
All the holiday parties can be very stressful especially to a non-drinker and specially in early sobriety. You do not need that kind of monumental stress.
- Go to a meeting! Hanging out with other people who are also trying to stay sober on this day provides great support! You can attend any Open meeting if you do not considering yourself a 12-step program member. To find live meetings in your area go to www.aa.org. You can also attend online meetings at www.e-aa.org.
- Start your own tradition! Do something completely different: go bowling, to the movies, or the amusement park, maybe a museum, or an art show. There are always plenty of other things to do besides drinking.
- Better yet, throw your own Sober St. Patrick’s party! You can invite all your sober friends who I am sure are also looking for something fun to do sober. Then you can make teams and take turns playing all those awesome, old board games that you played as a kid! (I love board games!)
Or… You can put a good movie on, read a book, go to a meeting, call a friend, write a blog, Facebook, read blogs, have some chocolate, make some coffee, cook, bake, plant some herbs, clear out a closet, meditate, learn about something, run, walk, jump, draw, color, paint, take pictures…
and if this list is not enough check out:
Happy Sober St. Patrick’s Day!
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