Every national holiday in this country is typified by excessive alcohol use. Regardless of the state where you reside, it is safe to say that there will be barbecues and parties happening nearby. You can bet that alcohol will be imbibed, and perhaps other drugs. Even if you were invited by a friend or family member and are considering attending, please determine if it is a safe environment. It is not uncommon for people with a few months of clean and sober time to think that they can manage being around drug and alcohol use. Maybe you can, but is it really worth the risk?
Addicts and alcoholics are predisposed to rationalize or over-inflate their strengths and discount their weaknesses. Which is often a sure course towards relapse. A major part of the recovery process is being honest with yourself. And learning how to be… All of us have years of lying under our belt, in some ways it is our natural state to be untruthful with ourselves and others. It is state we are comfortable in, and it led all of us to eschew treatment for years. Even when it was needed more than anything.