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Practice a SoberGiving this Holiday instead of DrinksGiving

Dillon McClernon

Authored by Dillon McClernon

In recent years, as the tradition of “DrinksGiving” or “Blackout Wednesday” has gained popularity, so has the recognition of the challenges it poses, especially for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Thanksgiving Eve, known for its festive and social atmosphere, often involves heavy drinking, making it a potentially triggering and difficult time for those in recovery. Recognizing the need for support during this holiday season, Recovery Centers of America (RCA) has taken a proactive approach to create a positive and sober alternative known as “SoberGiving.”

SoberGiving at RCA is a celebration of hope, happiness, and lasting sobriety during the Thanksgiving holiday. Recovery Centers of America is dedicated to helping individuals overcome substance use disorders, we are offering these 5 tips to help make it a SoberGiving:

  1. Stay active and engaged. Keeping busy not only helps in diverting attention from potential triggers but also contributes to a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Stay connected to your supports.  Whether it’s friends, family, or sponsors, having a support system in place can be crucial during challenging times.
  3. Participate in your local 12-step program.  Some 12-steps programs even offer 24-hour holiday meetings. 
  4. Attend one of RCA’s support meetings.  The RCA alumni team plays a crucial role in this initiative, hosting group support meetings and engaging in various activities designed to foster connection and encouragement. Visit the RCA website for topics and dates
  5. Emphasize the importance of self-care during the holiday season. Carve out time for self-reflection, gratitude, and building a foundation for a healthier future.

As the tradition of “DrinksGiving” continues to gain momentum, RCA’s SoberGiving initiative stands as a beacon of hope and support for those on the path to recovery. By embracing the tips provided and participating in SoberGiving festivities, individuals can not only navigate Thanksgiving Eve but also lay the foundation for a healthier and more fulfilling future

Remember, help is one call away. Recovery Centers of America provides a lifeline for individuals seeking support during the holiday season, and the toll-free number 1-800-RECOVERY is readily available to connect individuals with the help they need. So, this SoberGiving season, let RCA extend a helping hand to those who may be struggling, offering a path toward happiness, hope, and lasting sobriety.

Authored by

Dillon McClernon

Dillon McClernon

Dillon currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at RCA. After his tenure as Chief Communications Officer and senior advisor to RCA, he opted for a full-time position at RCA where he could build a new team linking sales and marketing to directly impact RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.


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