When you’re recovering from a substance-use disorder, the traditions of New Year’s can make this annual event more challenging than typical social gatherings. To help residents celebrate the arrival of 2012 and to give them ideas on creating new and alcohol-free traditions, the members of the Herrington McBride Alumni Association hosted a special New Year’s party at the Herrington Recovery Center.
“New Year’s Eve is the hardest holiday of the year for people in recovery from substance-use disorders,” said Herrington Manager Cindy Suszek. “The alumni wanted to create a night of ‘sober fun’ for the current residents. They understand how difficult it can be to make that transition to a lifestyle that’s free from alcohol and addiction.”
Residents enjoyed activities like live music, karaoke and pool tournaments. The alumni also provided a full New Year’s menu, including tenderloin, twice-baked potatoes, salad bar and cheesecake. According to the leadership of the Herrington McBride Alumni Association, they hope to make this an annual event due to the level of involvement from the residents from start to finish.
“When things wrapped up, the residents and alumni worked together to clean up and put things back,” said Suszek. “I know the alumni really want to provide examples of how they’re living a life of recovery and help the current residents get a good start to their New Year. From all accounts, it was a huge success.”