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You Can Be Part of the Crowd and Not Follow the Crowd

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It’s Carnival season! Known around the world as a time of revelry and excess—particularly when it comes to alcohol consumption—Carnival can present a serious dilemma for anyone who has done the hard work of getting sober.

You want to stay sober and make sure all that work continues to pay off. However, you also want to enjoy the Mardi Gras season. Is it possible to do both?

Absolutely! Call 844.334.4727 to speak with someone from Springfield Wellness Center about learning to stay sober during holidays and celebrations or schedule an appointment with our caring and compassionate team in Louisiana.

Tips to Stay Sober During Carnival Season

Need some help meeting the goal of remaining sober? Here are some great ideas for a sober celebration of Mardi Gras.

Come in for Detox

Come in for a booster—or, if you’re new to sobriety, schedule an alcohol detox. After all, one of the best ways to refrain from drinking is to reconnect with how good it can feel to be sober!

Look for Family-Friendly Events

These typically don’t emphasize alcohol consumption—and some may even prohibit it. Instead, they focus on costumes, parade watching, picnics and barbecues, and even do-it-yourself children’s or neighborhood parades.

Bring Sober Family and Friends with You

If no one else is drinking, it’s easier to do likewise. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same commitment to sobriety that you do enables you to reinforce each other.

Stay Vigilant and Have a Plan

It’s often the unexpected things that cause the biggest problems. That’s why it’s important to:

  • Know your triggers.
  • Avoid situations where they might arise.
  • Have a plan for dealing with them if they do.
  • Say no to invitations pushing you beyond your zone of safety and comfort.

Even with support from sober friends and family, avoiding drinking triggers during Mardi Gras can be tough.

Stay Home and Bring the Party to You

Invite people who are either sober or willing to avoid drinking for the day. Together, you can create your own celebration—complete with food, fun, and alcohol-free beverages. You might find that you don’t miss the big public celebrations at all.

Connect with Springfield Wellness Center

At Springfield Wellness Center, we’re here for you. And we’ll be celebrating in sobriety right along with you. Contact Springfield Wellness Center today at 844.334.4727 to learn more about our programs and services that can help you remain sober during Mardi Gras.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!