Celebrating a sobriety anniversary is a huge accomplishment and life event for yourself and others. Soberness is a lifelong journey that, for many people, often comes with obstacles and setbacks. Whenever someone reaches a sober milestone, such as 30 days, one year, two years, five years, etc., it represents their commitment to avoiding drugs or alcohol and showcases their ongoing victory over addiction.
Here are some ways to celebrate sobriety for yourself or someone else to show love and support on this recovery journey.
Go With Them to Get Their Chip
If you, or someone you know, is part of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or another recovery program, join them in receiving their chip. Having a friend or loved one nearby shows care and support on their journey to sobriety.
Still, it’s important to recognize someone else’s boundaries in their treatment program. If your friend or family member is uncomfortable with having someone witness them earn their chip, wait for them until their meeting is over. You can still celebrate their addiction recovery afterward.
Do a Fun Activity
Of course, if you want to learn how to celebrate someone’s sobriety, consider a fun activity. Some ideas for celebrating sobriety milestones include
- Taking a cooking class
- Spa day
- Crafting or painting
- Going to the movie theater
- Seeing a play or musical
Since addiction treatment is a forever process, choose activities that pose no temptation for drinking or substance abuse. When celebrating a sobriety birthday, having a support system of friends and family helps reassure the importance of this new accomplishment without triggering substance use disorders.
Having reached a new recovery milestone, it also helps to give back to the community. Some people do not have a support system for their addiction journey. Volunteering as a sober monitor can help give back to those fighting addiction by themselves. You can also volunteer for non-addiction causes, like food banks, homeless shelters, or charity drives, as other ways of giving back to the local community.
Drew Horowitz & Associates Will Help You Fight Addiction
Unfortunately, not everyone has a support network to rely on for their sobriety fight. At Drew Horowitz & Associates, we understand the struggles of addiction. As licensed clinical counselors and addiction specialists, we provide intervention, sober coaching, and sober companionship for those who need it.
Call us at 800-731-0854 to learn more about our services and how we can help you or a loved one recover from addiction.