New Year's Eve tough on people in recovery from alcohol, drugs

Posted at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020

The Brillion News

GREEN BAY – For many people, this New Year’s Eve is likely to be quite different from years past as the pandemic continues. For those in recovery, it can be another difficult holiday to handle, according to experienced counselors from the Jackie Nitschke Center in Green Bay..

“For someone facing an addiction, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, along with other holiday observances this time of year present real challenges,” said Larry Connors, CEO of the Nitschke Center. “Then we have a quick turnaround to New Year’s Eve where alcohol is often the focal point at any celebration or party. If you are in recovery, or know that it’s time to commit to making a change, it’s crucial to find an alternative way to ring in the new year.”


Connors suggested that those in recovery surround themselves with their support group and not spend the night alone, particularly if it’s their first sober New Year’s Eve.


“It’s vital to be connected with at least a couple of people who are aware of your recovery effort and provide support,” Connors said. “Even if you can’t meet in person because of the pandemic, make plans in advance to spend much of the evening on a video call or the phone. That 'connectedness' can make the difference for many people.”

Connors said there are “safe” ways to get to the countdown to the New Year.

Alternatives could include a game-night or movie marathon with members of your household. It’s also a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months, how you have grown and set your recovery goals for 2021.

“Finally, don’t have big expectations for the evening. The reality is not everyone is out partying; most people, especially this year, are opting for a quiet time at home,” Connors said. “Think ahead to what you’ll need to do that night to continue your sobriety journey. We want you to be safe and have a happy New Year.”

~ Source: Scott Stein, publicist for the Jackie Nitschke Center.