Assert Your Independence: Say No to Alcohol This July 4th!

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Staying Sober July 4How did drinking and drinking to excess on July 4th become a national obsession?

It is ironic that July 4th – a day that celebrates American Independence – has for many become for many Americans an obsession to drink alcohol to excess.

Let’s Begin a New July 4th Tradition:
Staying Sober

| Due to drunk driving, July 4 is the deadliest day of the year on our roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the July 4th holiday ranks No. 1 nationally for alcohol-related fatal crashes. Many states have enacted “No Refusal” traffic stop policies during the July 4th weekend. “No Refusal” means that motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated must provide a breath or blood sample to law enforcement.

It is Possible to Enjoy July 4 Without Alcohol or Drugs

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Sober July 4thFor recovering alcoholics and those in addiction recovery, losing sobriety on July 4th is something that need not happen. It is very challenging to stay sober when surrounded by those who drink; or drink to excess. But it is possible to stay sober; see below for practical suggestions on staying sober this July 4th.

Being drunk on July 4th is hyped in media as ‘being fun.’ In reality, getting drunk on holidays often leads to losing friends in drunken arguments – and losing liberty if stopped while driving drunk.

July 4th Alcohol Consumption – Popular Misconceptions

  1. Being drunk does not make you a fireworks expert.
  2. Drinking alcohol to excess does not make you ‘cool’.
  3. Drinking alcohol to excess, or drinking any alcohol, is not required to have a good time.
  4. Drinking alcohol to excess does not make guys ‘more of a man’.
  5. Being drunk does not make you irresistible to potential intimate partners.
  6. Drinking alcohol to excess does not lead to increased positive social interactions.
    . Falling asleep in a stupor is a social downer that stops all interaction.
    . Vomiting in the grass in a corner of the yard is – let’s face it – just gross.
    . Discussing Politics with an opinionated and belligerent relative or neighbor while drunk is not a winning move.
    . It will also not end well to discuss Religion with an opinionated and belligerent relative or neighbor while drunk.

Sober July 4th Fun

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Rehab for Men - Happy Sober July 4thBeing surrounded with individuals heavily drinking or drugging on July 4 can be oppressive to those in early recovery. In early recovery – it can be a winning strategy to skip holiday celebrations with non-sober friends and family.

Once confidence in sobriety is strong, it is possible to comfortably spend time around friends/family who are drinking.

Warning: Sobriety often means re-assessing what was previously experienced as ‘fun.’ That can be very positive.

Two Top Tips for Staying Sober on Drinking Holidays

  1. Strong INTENT to stay sober.
  2. Assertive and on-going MINDFULNESS.

Intent to Stay Sober

Intent to stay sober sounds simple – and covers a lot of ground. During rehab, most study the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps.

Doing deep personal work using the 12 Steps, attending 12 Step Meetings and receiving coaching during working the steps gives those recovering from addiction a firm basis to understand and recover from their disease.

Mindfulness Training for Recovery

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Men's Rehab, Mindfulness MeditationResearch demonstrates that mindfulness training is highly effective in treating the emotions that lie at the root of addiction, including stress, depression, trauma and grief.

Mindfulness training has proven effective in relapse prevention and chronic pain relief.

With Mindfulness, individuals become more aware of – and accepting of – their own emotional reactions and current emotional state. With Awareness, individuals can be aware of their own reactions; including anger, hurt feelings, resentment and more.

With mindfulness, individuals create the space to more objectively view their own internal emotions. This gives freedom from knee-jerk reactions and habitual behaviors.

What does this mean to you?

With mindfulness training, Uncle Harry’s obnoxious political views will still be irritating – but will not contribute to relapse. And that is a major win.

Have Fun on the 4th!

Walk on the beach, visit a park, drive sober without fear of traffic stops, grill burgers to perfection, boat or jet ski with confidence, spend time with friends and family.

Enjoy life – thinking clearly, calmly and sober!

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery – Rehab for Mature Men, Prescott, AZ

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Exterior ViewsArrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific rehab for men, ages 30 and older, located in the beautiful mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.

We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from alcoholism; as well as treating co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief and loss

We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an addiction Nutritionist.

Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and education, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program.

Meditation has been used as an effective tool in our addiction recovery programs for years, but benefits of meditation were intangible. Now, there is objective proof to support what people who practice meditation have believed all along.

Meditation Produces Tangible Changes the Brain, Changes Lives for the Better

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery,Men's Rehab Group Therapy, Prescott AZWe have found that men, especially men (ages 45+), benefit enormously from meditation.

Men in this age group were taught to ‘stuff’ or suppress most emotions. Emotional awareness was considered to be a ‘sissy’ activity. As a result, boomer men experience higher rates of stress-related illness, including addiction.

Meditation and Mindfulness training starts with breathing exercises and builds from there. Meditation can done be in a group or solo. It may include music or not; and is practiced indoors and out.

Some of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness include:

  • Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Rehab for Men, Mindfulness TrainingAwareness
  • Relapse prevention
  • Better coping skills
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Quicker recovery of brain functions
  • Improved sleep
  • Tranquility
  • Improved physiological functions
  • Better concentration
  • Decrease in symptoms of depression
  • Reduction in anxiety symptoms

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery clients learn how to meditate in a style that works for each individual. Meditation brings a lasting and deep sense of calm and serenity.

We incorporate psychosocial elements in our recovery program; as well as assisting men in finding their spiritual core.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Mens Rehab, Thumb Butte TrailAt our mountain retreat facility near Prescott, Arizona – men find and strengthen inner peace, and experience tranquility. Men can also begin to discover their unique and authentic personal spiritual experience.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the Rocky Mountain pines of Northern Arizona; in Prescott National Forest. It is a man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Our clients feel safe here and are therefore able to open up and work on tough emotional issues around addiction and trauma.

There is something to be said about recovering in a natural setting where the deer graze, coyotes howl, and hawks and eagles soar that helps men reconnect with nature, their spirituality and personal authenticity.

It’s difficult to describe just how peaceful it is – you need to be here to experience it firsthand.

Five Year Continuum of Care

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we use the Five Year Continuum of Care model for successful recovery ongoing. Our clients are equipped with the depth and stability to handle all the curves and disappointments – as well as joys – in their regular lives once they leave Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.

Start Your Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing

For a confidential conversation to discuss your situation, please call 888-654-3500.

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