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Pride Month is here! As the LGBTQIA+ community gathers to celebrate Pride Month, there tends to be an emphasis on partying and substance use. For anyone who is in recovery, sober pride is a must. Thankfully, there are ways to find and enjoy sober-friendly Pride events in your community. You can also come up with fun and unique ways to celebrate sober Pride for yourself.
As your local community celebrates Pride, ask what parts of the festivities are friendly for sober celebrations. Many communities participate in a Pride parade, a community party or festival, live music, cookouts, and more. Ask what these celebrations will entail and even maybe how you can help. If you are worried there will be alcohol there, you can always bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. As long as you’re safe, your sobriety can survive Pride just like you do — one day at a time.
If you’re going to a community Pride festival, you’ll probably have plenty of friends or familiar faces around you. They may not all be in recovery or sober, and it may be tempting to have a brief lapse. But you know your sobriety is important, and you also know the consequences of a lapse (no matter how “small”) can be devastating for you and your health. That’s why it’s important to bring along a sober buddy. You and your sober buddy can support each other in your decision to remain abstinent as you connect with old and new friends.
Start a social media group for people in your area, those you know in recovery, and maybe those you know from meetings or sobriety groups. You can use this group to organize and create your own sober Pride event.
There are people of all ages in the LGBTQIA+ community who struggle to celebrate Pride and need a little support. Volunteer for a hotline or shelter for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth. Those who are having trouble staying safe, sober, or free from trauma will appreciate your kindness. You can help them celebrate all their happiest moments, including when they decided to be their true, authentic selves. Help them to see that things do get better, progress is being made, and they are worth saving. They have every right to be proud of themselves.
Participating in self-care and rewarding yourself for your success, progress, and health is another great way to celebrate Pride. This way, you’re honoring your love for yourself.
With a positive outlook and an open mind, you can enjoy Pride Month to the fullest and still keep your recovery in check.
Staying sober during Pride festivities can be difficult if you usually identified Pride with partying and substance use in the past. It’s okay to grieve that piece of celebrating you once identified with, but remember that you are your best version of yourself sober. You are worth celebrating without substances. If you need a little help remembering that, call RECO Intensive. At RECO Intensive, we understand that both fun times and traumas in the past were often paired with addictive substances. We want to help you remain strong, abstinent, and proud of who you are in RECOvery. We know you’ve come a long way, and we want you to be as healthy as you can be. Join our alumni program or participate in therapy here at RECO Intensive. If you fear that a lapse has turned into a relapse, that’s okay. We can create a treatment plan catered specifically to you. Call us today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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