1.     Avoid or minimize time spent at events with alcohol

Holiday’s like Fourth of July can be especially hard for those in recovery.  Being around alcohol can trigger thoughts and cravings to use, regardless of how long you have been sober.  It’s always safest to avoid situations like parties where alcohol will be served.  If you absolutely must go to a party this Fourth of July, consider only staying for a short period of time and driving yourself so you can leave when you need to.  Also, consider bringing a sober companion to add another level of comfort and accountability. 

2.     Plan your 12-step meeting schedule in advance

Go ahead and plan out which meetings you will attend on Fourth of July, but also the days that follow.  If this is your first Fourth of July sober it can be helpful to schedule a meeting early in the day and then one at the end of the day.  Plan on attending even more meetings if you feel you will experience frequent cravings.  This can help keep sobriety at the forefront of your mind, and help you cope with any using thoughts or cravings that might arise throughout the day. Sometimes using thoughts or cravings won’t surface for a day or two, so go ahead and plan out your meeting schedule for the days after the holiday as well.

3.    Make plans with other sober people

If this is your first Fourth of July sober, consider finding other ways to celebrate with other sober people.  There are plenty of fun things to do without having to be around alcohol.  Talk to some sober friends today and plan fun ways to spend the holiday together.