5 Tips On How To Celebrate Your Sober Birthday
Personal growth and progress in recovery is something to celebrate and your sober birthday or “soberversary” is a great time to slow down and recognize this achievement. When is your sober birthday? Anytime you want it to be. It could be:
- The day you physically got sober and stopped using drugs and alcohol
- The day you started your addiction recovery program
- The day you decided to seek addiction treatment
Overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction can be a draining period of time, and no matter how long you’ve been sober – it’s all a huge accomplishment. We see famous singers and actors from Demi Lovato, Macklemore, and Elton John to Bradley Cooper, Rob Lowe, and Alec Baldwin coming forward to show others that recovery is possible and worth celebrating. A recent Instagram post by actor Dylan McDermott was very inspiring, “Today is my Sober Birthday. 35 years! Staying sober has been my greatest accomplishment. I say that because I was able to show up for myself in every way possible. In the most turbulent and best of times, I had the rock of the 12-steps to guide me. I was able to be a father, son, brother, and friend. Proud of this day because many in my family including my birth mother and father struggled with addiction. I’ve also seen many who didn’t make it and that truly breaks my heart. If you’re hurting, please get help. I look forward to many more years of sobriety, trudging the road of happy destiny.”
So if these high profile people can celebrate and honor their sobriety, so can you. So what should you do on your sober milestone? Here are a few ideas to contemplate as you celebrate your recovery.
Thank Your Sponsor
Sponsors are a gift and save lives. Most sponsors never expect a thank you for what they do, but your sober birthday may be an excellent time to write a personal note or send a meaningful token of appreciation to your sponsor.
Gather Family and Friends
There’s no better way to remind yourself that life without drugs or alcohol is possible and enjoyable than spending quality time with close friends and family. These people have probably already seen you at your worst and are still there by your side, and that is amazing. A sober birthday is a great time to honor the people around you and let them know just how special they truly are.
Your soberversary is a great time to reflect on your achievements and make new plans for the future. Maybe your health is a goal, or starting a new career path is on the horizon. Whatever it is that you are reflecting on, be proud of where you are and how far you’ve come. Recovery is a journey, with ongoing evaluation recommended at every stage of the process.
Go All Out
If you feel very comfortable in your sobriety, you may want to do something new and unexpected. When you were in active addiction – it was all about the rush – now it still can be, but in a healthy, life-affirming way. Try ziplining or skydiving. Or what about taking that trip across Europe you’ve always wanted? Whether it’s a weekend retreat at a luxe spa or going on safari – doing something new can hit the reset button on your life and remind you of just how far you’ve come.
Go To A Support Group
You may want to take a low-key approach on your sober birthday and spend it at a meeting. Going to where you first started your recovery journey and being with those you trust and confide in, can be a life-affirming act on a day that means so much to you. Many people also receive their one-year chip or token if they are enrolled in an NA or AA support group. This is a meaningful way to acknowledge your sobriety and celebrate it with your program.
Addiction and Recovery
Sobriety should be celebrated, in whatever way that looks like for you. Taking time to mark these milestones can not only be fun, but personally rewarding. Alternatively, tracking success in sobriety may not be for everyone, and that is completely understandable and normal. Some people may even find that looking at the number of days in sobriety as a constant reminder that relapse is always a risk. For these reasons and many more, it’s okay to keep your recovery to yourself and just be glad to be living a life in sobriety.
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, get help now. Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. Make the life-saving, life-changing decision to get help and contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.