Sober in the Cities with December 31 approaching? Maybe for the first time since New Year’s Eve was important to celebrate.
Each year there are a number of recovering alcoholics and addicts who face December 31 in a way that can be unfamiliar (sober) and just plain frightening (live emotions can be more than anyone expected).
The actor, Pat O’Brien, famously referred to New Year’s Eve as “amateurs’ night”. He was not talking about newbies to sobriety.
For those who want to go out, but prefer to avoid the venues where they used to go to greet the New Year with alcohol and revelry, there are places where they can be with others who want to have fun but remain sober while doing so.
Across the river on December 31, the AA Intergroup of Greater Minneapolis is sposoring the Pass It On Marathon at Central Lutheran Church, 333 South 12th Street from 8pm until Midnight, January 1, 2011. Besides a program at the start of the evening, there will be music right up to the countdown.
So, for the newly sober–experiencing the run-up to New Year’s in a more awake and away way does not mean they have to go through it alone, or sit at home. There are fun things to do that do not “require” drinking.
May they find a way to have a truly happy New Year.