Maintaining sobriety isn’t always easy.
In fact, some people just can’t do it for long periods of time. When you have a person in your life that has been sober for a year, it really is worth celebrating!
How can you do that in a way that is respectful and caring?
Keep reading to get some tips on how to help your loved one have a positive experience at 1 year sober.
Celebration of Sobriety Milestones
Celebrating sobriety for your loved ones is a great time to get innovative and fun. They have worked hard and taking the time to show that you are proud of them is well worth the effort.
By remembering the milestones, we remind our family member or friend that we care and staying sober is positive.
There are many different ways you can show this pride and affection, but these are the top three we suggest.
Weekend Trip or Vacation
If you have the financial ability and the time, taking a small vacation with your loved one can be a great way to celebrate. Not only is it something a lot different from the norm, but it also can get everyone involved with new experiences.
If a big trip isn’t in the cards, consider just a small overnight trip or even a special day trip to a new location. There are plenty of ways to make it fun and all about your loved one.
Start a New Tradition
Getting an entire year of sobriety is a big deal for many people. Just like with other holidays, traditions are a wonderful way to acknowledge the wonderful accomplishment of the person you care about.
Traditions will help everyone remember and commemorate the milestones with positive memories.
Each person will have their own ideas for a tradition that would be fun and exciting, but consider starting an annual run, making a list of things you are happy about, or just spending time together as a family.
Everyone has that something that they want, but haven’t bought for themselves. Be the person that buys that something for your loved one in recovery! After all, they have been through a lot and have come a long way from where they started.
This is a great way to celebrate because they get that thing they have been eyeing and you get to do something fun with them! It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Have Fun and Be Creative
When it comes down to it, milestones for sobriety are important. They show that change is happening and your loved one is in a new chapter of their lives.
By celebrating this change, you are encouraging the new behaviors and reminding them that you are there for support. This is a great thing for any person at any stage in recovery from addiction!
If you are interested in getting some tips on helping your family member or friend stay sober during recovery, be sure to check out our blog post on this topic.