New Year’s Eve is a holiday to celebrate the New Year starting and to remember the year that has passed. Before I was in sobriety, my New Year’s Eve plans consisted of partying and getting drunk. Now that I’m in recovery, I thought of 5 reasons New Year’s Eve is more fun sober.
5 Reasons New Year’s Eve is More Fun Sober: No Hangover on New Year’s Day
Nothing feels better than waking up on January 1st and not feeling like crap. Starting the New Year used to be horrible back when I was drinking and drugging; I would wake up the next day hung-over or dope sick. It’s really a great feeling to wake up on the first day of a New Year and feel good and not super sluggish.
5 Reasons New Year’s Eve is More Fun Sober: No Pressure to Have Fun or Be Drunk by Midnight
Every year for New Year’s there is always so much pressure to party and have the best time ever. It feels like a time crunch to get drunk by midnight. When you’re sober, you can just have a good time and not stress over trying to be drunk by the time the ball drops. For me, if I was drinking heavily like this on New Year’s, I was usually passed out by 11:30 anyways!
5 Reasons New Year’s Eve is More Fun Sober: No Sloppy Drunk Mess Scenes/Accidents
When I drank and drugged I had a bad habit of making an absolute fool of myself, breaking something or injuring myself or someone else. It’s so nice to not have to worry about waking up the next day to find out what crazy thing I did that upset everybody or hurt myself. I remember one year I got so drunk all day and night before New Year’s actually hit that I was at a club and I fell asleep standing up or fainted and fell on the ground, luckily not breaking anything. I only know all this because I was told about it, too.
5 Reasons New Year’s Eve is More Fun Sober: You Remember Everything
It is a huge bonus to remember everything that happens and not have to have somebody fill you in on what happened. It can be difficult trying to piece your night together like a puzzle just to figure out if you had a good time. I love being able to remember what I do today and not be ashamed of it.
5 Reasons New Year’s Eve is More Fun Sober: Genuinely Enjoying Ringing in the New Year with Loved Ones
I look forward to New Year’s Eve now because it is a time I get to spend with my loved ones and family. I enjoy celebrating a start to a New Year and reminiscing over the year that has passed. I am so grateful that today, my friends and family actually want me there for New Year’s Eve! I may not party the way I used to, but I still have a great time with the people I surround myself with. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe New Year! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.