NATIONAL SOBER DAY | SEPTEMBER 14
National Sober Day on September 14th encourages us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. The entire day focuses on showing support for anyone living in sobriety. Not only that, but the observance sets a standard for the whole world that being sober is okay. Show your friends and family on the road to recovery by spending the day sober as well.
Ideally scheduled during National Recovery Month, the day supports removing the stigma associated with addiction. It opens the lines of communication that lead to better understanding. The day provides an opportunity to build educated support networks. It also strengthens existing ones. Success is more likely when systems are paved with an aware, loving, and honest cheering section. If we stumble, aren’t we more likely to get back up again when we have a solid support system?
Encouragement of one day fuels more support and awareness, leading to long-term sobriety. That’s something worth celebrating! The opposite of addiction is a connection. This holiday will provide a model for future generations as well. By demonstrating how to enjoy life alcohol-free, the day will embolden future generations to say no to alcohol.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SOBER DAY
Spend the day sober. While that may seem simple enough, it may come as a challenge to some. Start by finding recipes for delicious mocktails. Plan activities that don’t feel like they require alcohol to have fun. Enjoy the day! By all means, do things you and your friends enjoy doing. Just remove alcohol from the equation. Call, text, email a friend or family member in recovery. Let them know you support their sobriety. Share with them how you are going to spend this day alcohol-free.
Use #NationalSoberDay to share your experiences on social media.
NATIONAL SOBER DAY HISTORY
Real Aligned Women founded National Sober Day in 2019 to encourage us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. You are never alone in your sobriety.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Sober Day to be observed on September 14th annually.
Q. What other sober activities can I do?
A. Choose activities that make it difficult to drink alcohol. For example, play or learn to play an instrument. Some other ideas include:
- Visit a museum.
- Join a recreation league.
- Invite friends to cook a big meal or make freezer meals.
- Go to the library and read those books you’ve wanted to read.
- Host a tea, coffee, or mocktail tasting party.
- Learn a new craft and invite others to join you.
- Travel. A day trip or one across the country – either one will do!
- Join a band.
- Host a book group.
- Go hiking.
- Take your children or your nieces, nephews, or cousins to the park.
You can do all these activities with others. Some of them are even better when others are involved. So call a friend and pick something new to do.
Q. Are there other sober-related days on the calendar?
A. Yes. National Mocktail Week and National Online Recovery Day are two days on the calendar designed to support recovery and sober living.