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Thought for today
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SORRY,,THESE ARE NOT HEROS,,YOU HAVE BEEN CONNED!!! War has never been about freedoms but EMPIRE STEALING

SiNeh~

 

A Guide to Throwing a Substance-Free Halloween Party
Category: ACTIVITISM
Tags: Alcohol free Halloween

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The holidays can be tricky for those in recovery. With entire calendar years filled with ‘holidays’ literally dedicated to drinking, this pairing of celebration and drinking is apparent. Virtually any holiday-related event will include plenty of alcohol on hand. Of all the traditional holidays, Halloween may be the one most associated with boozing. It can be a time of debauchery and, particularly for adults who still choose to dress up, drinking may seem like an essential feature of any party. But for sober individuals, throwing a Halloween party without the presence of alcohol or other substances is very much possible. And yes, it can still be tons of fun.

Picking Guests

 

We know that stress is inextricably linked to relapse by alcoholics, not to mention those who have addictions involving other substances; The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs tells us as much. This highlights why it is important for those in recovery to learn to have fun without having addictive substances around.

 

Throwing a substance-free party means inviting guests that are OK with not having substances around. This may mean inviting only friends that you have met in recovery who are as serious about remaining sober as you. There is an emerging sober social scene related to health, so you may find more people are willing to engage in sober socializing than you may think.

 

Often, friends of someone in recovery – even if they have no intention of being sober themselves – will be more than happy to attend your party, even if it means not drinking for the night. Other ‘friends’, and you know who they are, should be left off the guest-list completely. These friends are enablers, and they are not facilitators of your sobriety.

 

Planning the Party

 

Once you have finalized a list of people who are down with the sober shindig, start coming up with ways to have fun besides beer bongs and endless shots. That begins with the drink menu.

 

Very Well explains that nonalcoholic beverages are far from a cure-all for alcoholics. In fact, the smell that they give off – similar to alcoholic beer – can be a trigger for somebody attempting to stay sober. Instead, have the traditional stock of sodas, fizzy water, and other non-alcoholic beverages on deck.

 

But, you should also consider creating some Halloween-themed concoctions like the ones Bustle recommends. After all, what is a Halloween party without a theme? It’s not a Halloween party at all!

 

Next, figure out activities that are going to keep your guests socializing and having a blast. Having a nice Halloween-themed meal prepared could serve as an intimate, fulfilling way to get together with friends while avoiding temptation. The Odyssey also suggests having some pranks ready to surprise your guests. Real-life, Clue-like mystery games can be the perfect Halloween whodunit, as can other variations of spookily-themed activities.

 

Conclusion

 

Addicts must accept that giving up alcohol and other substances does not mean giving up fun. Life without our vices is still very much worth living. And, holidays are an integral part of life that should be still seen as a time of celebration and socializing, even after we get sober. Surround yourself with friends who are going to support you, and work with them to come up with activities that guests will truly enjoy. You can have just as much fun – and wake up feeling a lot better – than those who are not going sober on Halloween.

 

 

Constance Ray

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Many thanks to Constance for writing this Article and sharing with us.

SiNeh~

 

Protect #BigPapa | Conservation International (CI)
Category: ACTIVITISM
Tags: Activitism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs1HGlveZlE

Published on 29 Jun 2017

Tell the U.S. Department of the Interior & the U.S. Department of Commerce to protect Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument now at http://conservation.org/papa #BigPapa

 

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