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Happy Independence Day! On July 4, 1776, all delegates of the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence and sent it to King George III to declare independence from Great Britain. This declaration led to the start of the Revolutionary War, which the colonists eventually won, and the United States of America was born.
Ever since then, people have celebrated Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks, parades, community gatherings, and lots of red, white, and blue decorations. Many 4th of July celebrations also involve alcohol, just like much of America’s culture revolves around drinking during celebrations. Although it may be common, drinking or substance use does not need to be a part of your 4th of July — however you choose to celebrate.
This 4th of July, consider what your plans are. Are you meeting with friends or family? Are you going boating, to a parade, or another type of gathering? Maybe you have no plans yet but know that you would like to have company. Think about who you will be with and how you can stay sober in these scenarios:
Some families may support you fully and offer to make the celebration dry for you, but that expectation may be too high for other families. If they cannot refrain from drinking or feel threatened that you will not, try not to feel sad or ashamed. You are allowed to set boundaries about your safety and stick to them. Communicate that you love them, but need to make other plans for your health.
Much like families, some friend groups may accept this and take it in stride, changing the event to be a dry event. Other friend groups may feel threatened or worried that it will lessen their fun to be sober with you. Again, try not to feel bad — you have every right to set boundaries for your health and safety. Make other plans or find sober friends from a support group or 12-Step group to celebrate with.
Maybe you are one of those people who can still attend events that include drinking while staying sober. If you can hang out with other people who are drinking and stay sober, that is great! But we know this is not the case for everyone. With the 4th of July celebrations around the corner, having a plan to help prevent temptation on the 4th of July could be highly beneficial. Your health and safety are always the top priority. If you enjoy barbecuing, boating, or fireworks, you can offer to do any of those things for your group. If you need additional help, RECO Intensive is here for you. At RECO Intensive, we understand that the 4th of July — and holidays in general — can be tricky with lots of temptation. Our staff and experienced alumni can talk you through a sober 4th of July and beyond. Call us today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future, and have a happy and safe 4th of July!
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