Tips for a Sober Super Bowl Sunday
Enjoying the Super Bowl When You’re Sober
The Super Bowl is a massive event for every football fan, but this year’s game in Los Angeles will be more significant for the area due to the Los Angles Rams playing the game in their city. However, many recovering addicts and football fans feel they can’t attend a sober Super Bowl because they are still working through the different aspects of addiction treatment while in recovery. The reality is that there are several steps that you can take when it comes to enjoying the Super Bowl when you’re sober.
Before you make plans when it comes to a Super Bowl party, it’s imperative that you feel comfortable and confident in your sobriety. This is done through actively participating in your treatment program. When you’re in the beginning stages of your recovery, one of the most important decisions you will need to make revolves around your decision regarding the levels of care you may need during your time in treatment. For instance, you may need some time away from the influence of alcohol, and you may want to consider committing to an inpatient program. However, you could benefit from an intensive outpatient or a general outpatient treatment plan if you cannot commit to an inpatient program due to work or school responsibilities.
However, the recovery process may need to begin by first working through a detox program, depending on the severity of your addiction. Detox typically lasts seven days, during which time you may experience a multitude of withdrawal symptoms which will make it all but impossible for you to care for yourself during this time. Once you feel physically better, you will be better positioned to focus on your overall health and mental well-being and truly tackle your addiction in treatment. It’s possible that you may need to spend a longer time in detox, depending on the withdrawal symptoms that you experience. However, your treatment team will be able to point you in a better direction when it comes to this aspect of treatment.
When you’re in addiction treatment, you will begin to work through the different events in your life that may have triggered your addiction. The primary way that this is done is through therapy. Also, participating in various forms of therapy such as individual therapy, behavioral treatment, group therapy, and family therapy may feel awkward and uncomfortable at times; you must work through these different elements of your life so that they don’t impact your sobriety going forward. The treatment team you collaborate with should always provide you with the structure and focus you need to continue your recovery journey, even through the difficult moments you may face while in treatment.
To ensure that you don’t fall back into the trap of addiction, one of the best things that you can do to avoid drinking alcohol is to make a set plan ahead of time. You may want to take advantage of recovery coaching so that you can plan to have fun attending a sober Super Bowl. Here are some recommendations on staying sober on Super Bowl Sunday.
Make Sure You’re Ready Emotionally
It’s important not to overlook the fact that during the time that you were in active addiction, you had an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Although it’s lovely that you’re sticking to a treatment plan when you’re in drug rehab, you must be emotionally ready to watch the game in an environment that may have a drug and alcohol presence. It’s okay if you are not prepared to take on this temptation yet. Remember that you may never get to a point in your recovery where you feel entirely comfortable being in that type of environment. There is always the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl in other ways that will not jeopardize your sobriety.
Host Your Own Super Bowl Party
If you don’t think you would find a Super Bowl party where you would feel comfortable, an alternative is to opt to host your own. This is a great way to have more control over your surroundings in terms of being exposed to any type of substance that could jeopardize your sobriety and recovery. If you don’t feel comfortable venturing out, you can develop a concept for your own sober Super Bowl party. You can set the tone that this is an alcohol-free party that can help steer you away from temptation. You could also decide to host a party before the Super Bowl starts if you don’t think that you would feel comfortable watching the entire Super Bowl with anyone else. There are plenty of options that you have to make your own sober Super Bowl party unique.
Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Don’t forget that there are plenty of fun non-alcoholic beverages that you can enjoy while watching the big game. Sometimes, having a cup of something non-alcoholic in your hand can help you feel more relaxed around people drinking alcohol. If you’re not hosting your own party, you can always opt to bring your own non-alcoholic drinks so that you don’t feel the pressure to drink. Remember, you don’t have to necessarily make or have something special. Just a simple glass of water can help you feel better about the environment you’re in.
Watch it With Family or Your Sober Friends
When you’re in therapy, you will have the opportunity to reconnect with your family through family therapy. This form of counseling can help you and your family address the harm that may have been caused to their relationships with you when you were in active addiction. This form of therapy will only occur once you feel ready to tackle these problematic issues.
One of the things that you will learn when you’re in drug rehab is that it’s perfectly healthy to lean on your friends and loved ones. When you were in active addiction, your relationships with your loved ones may have fallen by the wayside as your drug and alcohol addiction may have taken over. Your loved ones will have a unique understanding of the difficulties associated with the steps you’re taking when it comes to your sobriety, so the best thing for you may be to watch the game with them.
Do Something Else
Although understandably, you may want to watch the LA Super Bowl, it simply may not be a good idea for you to do so when you’re early on in your recovery from addiction. However, just because you can’t or don’t watch the Super Bowl doesn’t mean you need to spend a day in bed or ignore the world. You can always opt to do something else while in recovery. For example, spending time outside or even working out can be a great distraction in general. A good rule of thumb is to plan ahead and put together the framework of what you would like to do that day so that you’re entirely distracted for that day. You can always decide to watch the game’s highlights after it’s over.
Don’t Let the Super Bowl Put Your Sobriety at Risk
Watching a sober Super Bowl is the most critical thing in your world when you’re working through your treatment plan. Although there is no reason you can’t enjoy the game without giving in to the temptation of drugs or alcohol, you may not be in a position where you’re ready to watch the game without feeling that temptation. While it may be difficult, it may be in your best interest to skip the game altogether. Abusing drugs or alcohol just once can lead to an indefinite tailspin back into an addiction which is why you should never put yourself in a position where you risk everything that you have worked so hard on.
Recovery Support and Addiction Treatment at Muse
At Muse Treatment Center in Los Angeles, our focus is on providing you with options for personalized drug rehab programs that will help you to address your substance abuse issues. Helping you get to a place in your life where you feel comfortable and confident in your sobriety not only when you’re by yourself but also around your loved ones is critical. We understand that every person that comes to our treatment center for drug rehab needs individualized treatment, which is why we always go above and beyond to work personally with every client that gets in touch with us. When you’re ready to address your drug and alcohol addiction, get in touch with (800) 426-1818. Our intake team is available around the clock to provide you with the direction to begin developing your recovery program.