The weather is getting warmer and wedding season is almost upon us. Although a joyous occasion, the idea of going to a wedding when you are recovering from alcohol addiction can be daunting. Those suffering from alcohol addiction at our private alcohol rehab, often claim that weddings can be triggers for relapse. Read on to learn the best ways to turn down the flowing champagne but still have a great time:
Dealing with Other Guests
One of the most dreaded parts of attending a wedding sober is deflecting intimidating friends and family. Many worry “What will people think?” or “What if I am pressured to have a drink?” This is common for patients who have recently left alcohol rehab. But rest assured. Most guest are usually too focussed on their own glass to be worried about someone else’s.
Opt for a Mocktail
One of the best ways to deflect the awful ‘why aren’t you drinking?’ question is to have a drink in hand. Opt for a pretty mocktail or a discreet lime and soda. This can help you feel less self-conscious and prevent others from buying drinks for you.
Have a Sober Buddy
Although you might feel like you are the only one not drinking, you won’t be. Plenty of people will be sober for their own reasons, such as being a designated driver. Some may be doing an alcohol detox themselves. But if you prefer, invite a sober friend with you. The two of you can give each other mutual support and have your own fun, without drinking. Make the most of the delicious food, good company and dancing.
Leave When You Want
Weddings are wonderful events, but they are not mandatory! If you feel the temptation is getting a little too much, you are perfectly entitled to leave when you want. You have the choice to let others know about your alcohol addiction recovery or simply slip out quietly. Give yourself permission to keep your hard-earned sobriety going for another day.
From all at our private alcohol rehab, we hope you will have a fantastic time celebrating a wedding sober. And take joy in the fact you will remember it all the next day!
Interested in learning more about our alcohol and drug rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth? Call one of our helpful addiction counsellors today on 0800 955 0945.