New Year’s Eve is a tough night for those in recovery. Almost everywhere you look, there are images of people imbibing, and popular culture supports those images. Friends and family are gathered together to say “good-bye” to the old and “hello” to the new. It’s a great night to celebrate your accomplishments and the efforts you have put in toward being sober, and it’s an exciting time to applaud your new leaf.

It can, however, also be a night where it’s difficult to avoid alcohol and drugs at celebrations. If you’re looking to celebrate the New Year sober, here are some ideas.

Host a Board Game Night with Appetizers and Sparkling Cider

This can be a fun tradition. There are a lot of great board games out there beyond Monopoly, Risk, and Chess – check out Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, or the extremely-silly Quelf. Throw together some fun appetizers (either that you make or zap in the microwave), grab some sparkling cider, and get ready for a fun night with family and/or friends.

Consider a Scavenger Hunt in Santa Fe!

Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. A fun and interactive way to explore a city, each adventure sends you to a series of locations where you answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. The goal is to have fun outdoors, and learn some interesting things along the way. Details of the Scavenger Hunt

Volunteer to Help with a New Year’s Eve Celebration in Your Community

Many communities have family-friendly celebrations, and they need people to assist with running the festivities. Check with retirement and nursing homes, children’s homes, and churches. You’re bound to find a spot needing someone to fill it.

Enlist a Few Friends in a Progressive Dinner Party

If you haven’t heard of a progressive dinner, here’s the quick rundown – you have appetizers at one location, an entry at another location, and a dessert at yet another location. You can be as elaborate or simple as you would like with this. Serve apps at your home, go out to eat somewhere, and return to another friend’s home for a sweet treat and a non-alcoholic drink to bring in the new year.

Take advantage of an NA or AA Marathon Meeting

New Year’s Eve can really be rough for those in recovery. Many recovery centers host consecutive meetings to help those going through recover to remain sober during the holidays. You may even find that your local NA/AA agency has a sober party or a group meal available. It doesn’t hurt to call and ask.

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