Is Drinking Mocktails Okay in Sobriety?
The winter and holiday months tend to be incredibly challenging for individuals who are working toward maintaining their sobriety, especially if they are new to their sobriety. While there may be friends and family members who look forward to drinking during this time of year, it’s critical that you remember everything that you went through leading up to your experience with substance abuse and work through it so that you can focus on keeping your sobriety intact. Here are just a few tips that you should keep in mind when it takes to maintain your sobriety:
- Opt for a mocktail instead of a cocktail
There are many people who go to an event or a party and understandably want something to drink. But just because you’re thirsty doesn’t mean that you need to give in to your temptation of drinking alcohol. Instead, you can opt for a delicious mocktail. Usually, mocktails come in many different flavors so if you’re hosting a party, you can have a wide range of options. If you’re going to a party, you can always request that someone make a mocktail that you prefer.
- Have an escape plan
It’s possible that you may go to a party and feel incredibly uncomfortable fairly quickly. Therefore, it’s important that you have a an escape plan to leave the party if you feel uncomfortable in any way at all.
Mocktail Recipes to Try In Recovery
Winter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy a mocktail. There are plenty of fun and festive holidays that would bring with it. If you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to winter mocktails, why not try some of these wonderful recipes:
- Green Tea Nonalcoholic Hot Toddy
Green tea is one of the healthiest things that you can drink. There are several advantages to drinking green tea on a regular basis. Instead of a traditional hot toddy which typically includes alcohol, this nonalcoholic hot toddy will help to keep you warm and bring you with a certain level of comfort that is sure to keep you cozy during the cold winter months.
- Hot Buttered Pineapple Mocktail
If you love pineapple, you are sure to love a hot buttered pineapple mocktail. This mocktail mixes an assortment of fresh flavors and will give you a sense of warmth which is greatly needed during the winter.
- Virgin Irish Coffee
Typically, when a person thinks of Irish coffee they think of a warm cup of coffee that includes a creamy type of alcohol. However, there is a way to make this delicious and unique drink without using alcohol. There are plenty of recipes for non alcoholic Irish cream which will help you to get more flavor out of your drink.
- Savory Spiced Hot Chocolate
Is there anything better than drinking hot chocolate during the winter? When you’re in the midst of addiction, it’s possible that you may spike your hot chocolate with your preferred alcohol. However, when you’re living a sober life, there are plenty of other spices that you can use to add flavor without the alcohol. This is sure to be a great recipe not only for you but for younger children as well.
What to Do If You Relapse
It’s important to remember that relapse is something that can always happen, regardless of where you are in your recovery journey. A person could be sober for years and become lax in their treatment and turn back toward addiction in the blink of an eye. Keep in mind that when you do relapse, you typically fall back into a worse addiction than the one that you initially struggled with. If you have suffered from a relapse, here are just a few examples of steps that you can take to work through this relapse:
- Put your embarrassment aside
One of the most difficult things to overcome when you relapse is admitting that you have relapsed and the embarrassment that comes from this. The best thing that you can do for yourself and your own health is to put that embarrassment aside as much as possible so that you can get the immediate help and care that you need.
- Understand that you will need to repeat the treatment
In order for you to truly recover from your relapse, it’s important that you open yourself completely to starting over when it comes to the treatment process. You are always welcome to come back to TruPath for your recovery needs. We understand that relapse does happen and our team is always available to help to see to your needs.
- Be honest
Was there something in your initial treatment that you didn’t understand? Perhaps there was an unknown trigger that you were unaware of during your initial treatment? When you come back to treatment after a relapse, it’s imperative that you commit yourself to be 100% open and honest about your struggles. This is the only way that you will be able to get the value and support that you need when it comes to your overall treatment program.
Get In Touch With TruPath for Alcohol Addiction Support
At TruPath, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive alcohol addiction support and care so that you can go on to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Our intake team is available around the clock to help you during this process so that you can get the immediate assistance that you need. At TruPath, we offer the following types of alcohol addiction support:
- Medical detox program
Depending on the severity of your addiction, there is a strong likelihood that you will need to work through a detox program. A medical detox program that will provide you with the care that you need at this stage of your recovery. In the first few hours and days of your recovery journey, there is a possibility that you may experience withdrawal symptoms which can make it all but impossible for you to properly care for yourself. Through medical detox, you will have access to medications that can help to ease the physical and psychological strain of withdrawal symptoms.
- Treatment programs
The core of your recovery will help to guide you through to your sobriety. When you partner with TruPath, you have the opportunity to engage in a personalized addiction treatment program so that you can finally get the help and the care that you need during this stage of your life. You will have the opportunity to commit to an inpatient or an outpatient treatment program. An inpatient program offers the environment that you need to work through your recovery in a safe and sober environment. You will have around-the-clock access to our treatment team and also interact with other individuals who are working through their own program. Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, is more flexible and will allow you to continue to work or go to school as needed.
If you’re ready to commit to alcohol abuse or you would like to learn more information about winter mocktails that can help you to maintain your sobriety. Our team is available right now to help you to get the support that you need to get your life back and take back control. If you have further questions or concerns, we encourage you to get in touch with us and learn more about our recovery options!