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The summer wedding wave is here! With all the excitement and happiness these special events bring, there can also be a sense of fear or dread for those in recovery who don’t want to be tempted to drink or use. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable, and you can make it through a wedding without relapsing.
If you are part of the wedding party, there are many expectations on the day of the wedding and even before. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are often filled with alcohol or substance use, but you don’t have to participate. If you feel like your sobriety can’t survive a party like that, it’s okay. Have a heart-to-heart with the bride or groom, and let them know that you want to be there on their big day to support them.
For your own health and safety, you need them to support your decision to do what’s best for you when it comes to the bachelor or bachelorette party. If you feel that you can attend and maintain your sobriety, that’s great! You’re showing yourself that you’re solid in your recovery.
On the day of the wedding, there are always obstacles or little things that go wrong. If you can help, help out. Otherwise, laugh it off, console the bride or groom, and celebrate their day with them. If they’ve asked you to stand up with them on this special day, they obviously care about you and are happy to have you by their side.
As you walk through the wedding, you’ll undoubtedly see some people that you haven’t seen in a while. Many care about you and are genuinely wanting to see you and celebrate your successes. Others may only approach you due to a desire for gossip or misplaced curiosity. Before the event, set your own boundaries about what you want to tell any people you will see at the wedding. You don’t owe anyone details, and you can be as vague as you please.
Sometimes it’s hard to have that perfect phrase prepared if you’re asked to answer uncomfortable questions. If you’re not sure what to tell someone who asks you questions, here are a few phrases to help get you through:
If you’ve been in recovery for a long time, questions like these may be pretty simple and less stressful than for someone who’s just come out of treatment. Whatever your situation may be, it’s okay, to be honest. Ultimately, what you choose to tell people is totally up to you.
Most weddings have a lot of events going on at once. If you need excuses to avoid the bar, here are a few strategies to help you keep your distance:
Wedding season is a fun time for anyone ready to get dressed up and celebrate a happy couple. But for some in recovery, wedding season can be painful, uncomfortable, or cause feelings of jealousy that get in the way of their own happiness. Try not to compare, as your successes are your own and should be celebrated in your own way. If you need advice or support, call us at RECO Intensive. At RECO Intensive, we understand the importance of your health and sobriety and realize that large gatherings like weddings can result in feelings of stress or anxiety. We want to help guide you through your upcoming events and give you the tools to succeed in your RECOvery, one day at a time. At RECO Intensive, our professional staff and experienced alumni can help you find strategies for sobriety this wedding season and beyond. Call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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