5 Tips for Staying Sober this Thanksgiving

Tips and Tricks for Remaining Accountable to Your Sobriety this Thanksgiving


With Halloween in the rearview mirror, many people are looking forward to pumpkin-spiced lattes, pecan pie, and a turkey feast that leaves you full for days. In addition to fun and festivities, the holiday season can bring stress and anxiety. For someone in sobriety, the day can trigger a relapse. 

If you are trying to go alcohol-free this Thanksgiving, consider these 5 tips for staying sober:

1. Bring Your Own Beverage

It is always a good idea to bring your own beverage to any get-together. Coming prepared with your own non-alcoholic beverage of choice can help ensure that you are well-taken care of this Thanksgiving.

2. Host a Thanksgiving Feast

If you are not comfortable going to someone else’s house, you can always opt to host your own Thanksgiving feast. There is nothing that mandates that alcoholic beverages must be served on Thanksgiving. 

3. Be Ok with Saying “No Thanks”

Your close family and friends should understand that you may not want to partake in dinners that are centered around alcohol. 

4. Know Your Triggers

Knowing your triggers can help you avoid them. Triggers may include stress, being around alcohol, or being in certain locations.

5. Get Outdoors

Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, you could always re-think your holiday plans. Turkey trots, apple-picking, and pumpkin patches are great ways to celebrate Thanksgiving without the day being centered around alcohol or stressful situations.

If you are struggling with dependence or reliance on alcohol you could be benefitted from treatment. Today there are more options than ever for treatment.