Staying Sober During the Superbowl

Tips for Maintaining Sobriety During the Big Game

Superbowl Sunday is a solidified holiday for many football fans.  Across the country millions of people are watching the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.  Many Superbowl parties are filled with good eats and plenty of adult drinks.  For someone in sobriety, Superbowl gatherings can present a too much of a temptation.  The access to alcohol may be too enticing for people newly in sobriety, or even those who have been committed for years.  Here are a few tips for staying sober during the Superbowl:

  1. Choose your party wisely. Not all Superbowl gatherings are created equally.  Some parties are more geared to adults, featuring limitless alcohol and others are more family friendly.  It is important to know your triggers and avoid them, particularly early on in sobriety.  This does not mean that you cannot enjoy the game with family and friends.  Many parties are becoming more inclusive of children and sober living.
  2. Have an exit plan. You may not know how you are going to react in a particular situation.  It is always best to have a strategic exit plan if you feel uncomfortable at a party or other gathering.  Make sure that you go with a trusted friend that will be willing to leave with you if needed.
  1. B.Y.O.B. Bring your own beverage. Do not rely on hosts to have non-alcoholic beverages.  Be sure to bring your own drink.  Many people carry reusable water bottles nearly 24 hours a day, others choose soda or tonic.
  1. Host your own party. You might be surprised at the number of people that do not want to drink on Superbowl.  Afterall it is a Sunday, and most people have to work the following day.  Consider hosting your own party featuring great food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you are struggling with alcohol dependence or addiction, there are options for treatment.  You do not have to suffer alone.  Recovery does not mean the same thing for everyone.