Sobriety and Celebration:
How to Plan a Sober Party

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Sobriety and celebration often do not go hand in hand, which is not necessarily ideal. While major events like a bachelor or bachelorette party can certainly include alcohol, they don’t have to. For people who are predisposed to drug abuse or alcoholism, it would actually be far better if these individuals could have parties that did not include substances. People need to realize that, while alcohol consumption at a party is not necessary wrong one-hundred percent of the time, people can have sober parties if they choose to do so, and they can still have just as much fun too.

Planning a sober party is especially important for those who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Part of being in recovery is not partaking in substances at all. People who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction need to approach life from a sobriety-only aspect. This means no alcohol use, no pill use, and certainly no drug use. But people in recovery should not have their pasts prevent them from having a good celebration and from enjoying their time.

How to Plan a Drug and Alcohol-Free Party

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Experts in addiction treatment and sobriety absolutely applaud the concept of sober parties. There is no question that this is a valuable tactic for people who are in recovery. Though they are less common, sober parties are a good choice for people who are not in recovery too. Debauchery and all kinds of madness can occur at parties where alcohol or drugs are involved. Party planners should also take into account that some of their guests might be in recovery, and that they would appreciate a sober party too.

There are ways to plan a sober party. Some of the tricks of the trade are:

  • Choosing the guest list. The people involved in a party will often make or break the party. When picking one’s guests, one should be sure not to invite people who would insist on drinking or doing drugs during the party. A sober party only works when the entire group is willing to make it a sober party.
  • Find a location where the activities are resplendent. Parties that are not properly planned out with plenty of activities in mind tend to be more prone to substance use. People drink or engage in social drug use when they are bored or when that is the “only thing to do” at the party. When planning a sober party, make sure that there are plenty of other activities to engage in and fun things to do so people will not feel the need to engage in substance abuse.
  • Plan far in advance. Substance use at parties ties in with spontaneity, and if an event is well planned out, it is less likely that people will want to drink or do drugs. Furthermore, planning far in advance allows for one to keep the activities back to back, which also reduces the chances that party-goers and celebrators will implement alcohol use into the mix.
  • Be wary of excessive sugar, caffeine, and nicotine use during the party. Energy drinks, nicotine, coffee, sugar-based foods, and other unhealthy consumption can inspire drinking and even drug use, as all of those items increase dopamine levels in the brain. While such products are fine in managed amounts, don’t use the “sober party” concept as an excuse to go off the deep end with other unhealthy activities. It may lead to substance use at the party after all.

There is a lot to be said for hosting a bachelor party, a bachelorette party, or any other celebration and doing it all totally substance-free. This may seem like a tricky concept at first, but it is well worth one’s while to explore this avenue for the next big celebration!




After working in addiction treatment for several years, Ren now travels the country, studying drug trends and writing about addiction in our society. Ren is focused on using his skill as an author and counselor to promote recovery and effective solutions to the drug crisis. Connect with Ren on LinkedIn.