Hosting a party around New Year’s can be challenging, and dealing with family and loved ones, especially those in recovery, can be mentally stressful. Please familiarize yourself with their triggers. If you have family members in active addiction, keep Narcan in your home even if opiates aren’t their D.O.C. (drug of choice). It’s the antidote for fentanyl overdoses. It requires no medical training, can often be received for free without questions, and it saves lives. I wouldn’t be here trying to make New Year’s memorable for the two little angels I am a caregiver for who were robbed of their mother due to a fatal overdose. It was a death that could have been prevented if the people around her had had Narcan inhalers. If you own a business that hosts events, it would be a great idea to keep Narcan on hand. (Do a local Google search for harm reduction sites, centers, or groups.)
As hosts, we must be mindful that only some people do not drink alcohol and provide some non-alcoholic beverage options. Need ideas? Check our website and some of the recipes we posted below.
Reminder: If you are in recovery, and even if you’re not, you are not obligated to continue holiday traditions that leave you broke, overwhelmed, or tired. Change it up or start your own.
This year marks the beginning of new traditions. Celebrate 2023 recovering and healing from the past.