For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal and an opportunity for friends and family to gather together, watch the big game, socialize, and eat and drink. Unfortunately, this often involves alcohol. If you are a recovering alcoholic, is there a way to still enjoy this time-honored tradition and join in while remaining sober? The short answer to this is, yes, there is.
Below is a list of some helpful tips that can help you build your own game plan to stay committed to your sobriety while watching the big game this coming Sunday:
- Consult with your sponsor first: If you are within the first year of your recovery from alcoholism, chances are that you have yet to complete all 12 steps and are still in a very vulnerable stage of your sobriety. You might not even be ready to attend events where alcohol is readily available or around people who trigger your old patterns of behavior. This is where having a good sponsor is crucial. Before attending a potentially risky event, it is imperative that you consult with your sponsor and put a plan together. If you plan on watching the Super Bowl, your sponsor can help you find others who are in recovery who plan to throw an alcohol-free watch party. This might not be exactly what you are used to, but once you are more settled in your sobriety, things will become much easier.
- Avoid alcohol-related stimuli: Another common piece of advice that recovering alcoholics often hear is to avoid stimuli that might lead to thoughts of drinking. This might be tough to do during the Super Bowl since football parties and activities are so closely linked with alcohol or even advertisements about alcohol. To try to bypass some of these messages, you can change the channel when a commercial about beer or liquor comes on. If you are attending the game in a stadium, you can inquire about alcohol-free seating sections.
- Find sober friends: One of the most helpful things you can do for your sobriety is to find others who are also in recovery and enjoy partaking in the same activities you do. Find other recovering alcoholics who still want to watch football with their friends and want to organize sober tailgating events or football watch parties that do not involve alcohol consumption. Your best resource for this is an AA meeting. Start creating your own recovery-focused social network of friends with whom you can have a good time without jeopardizing your sobriety. There is no reason why you cannot still have fun without making alcohol part of the equation.
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