Don’t Diss Dry January

What’s all the hype about Dry January? This trendy campaign is a period where individuals commit to abstaining from alcohol for the entire month of January. While it may seem like a simple challenge, its significance transcends beyond the 31 days on the calendar. For those in recovery, it is not a one-and-done month goal. It’s a daily grind to stay sober.

Photo of sober living and recovery home and a tree with no leaves. Text says Dry January.


We applaud anyone who is sober curious, willing to put down the drink, and abstain sobriety – even for one month. Individuals will experience great benefits, such as improved sleep, increased productivity, better hydration, and your organs will thank you for the break.

Addiction to alcohol or any other substance is not confined to a particular season or time frame – it’s a persistent battle that many people face daily. For some, the decision to participate in Dry January might be a personal choice, while for others, it’s a crucial step in a larger journey of recovery. Acknowledging this diversity is essential – everyone’s path to healing is unique, and each step, whether big or small, matters significantly.


If Dry January is your first step in abstaining from alcohol, it’s an opportunity for self-discovery and growth. It provides a chance to break away from routine, and reflect on one’s relationship with alcohol. For those quietly grappling with addiction, this period can be challenging and liberating. It’s a time to confront triggers, observe habits, and build resilience, offering a healthier, sober lifestyle.For those in recovery, it is not a one and done monthly goal; it's a daily grind to stay sober. Photo of a long road looking into the distant mountains.

It’s important to recognize that while the sober curious Dry January doesn’t equate to a quick fix or one-size-fits-all solution. Addiction recovery is a multifaceted journey that involves commitment, support and continuous effort. For some, Dry January might serve as a catalyst for change, prompting a deeper commitment to sobriety beyond one month – this would be our ultimate hope and prayer. For some, it may be a one-and-done-month challenge.

If sobriety is a new journey, this is a great time to seek support from others with your peers and support groups that can offer invaluable encouragement and guidance. This gives one an opportunity to explore new wellness hobbies, such as exercise, and can serve as healthy distractions that were once previously numbed by alcohol. Establishing new routines and hobbies can fill the void left by alcohol, aiding in the transformation towards a more fulfilling life.

Remember it’s not a race. Instead of kicking off the new year sprinting, begin the new year walking closely with Jesus. We believe He will guide your steps and bring your comfort along the journey.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Even for those who are in the everyday battle of recovery, we can still support and encourage those who are dipping their toes in with Dry January. Supporting with a compassionate mindset and non-judgmental attitude is key. Recognize that change takes time, and each step is progress. For those witnessing a loved one participating or navigating recovery, offering support and understanding is vital. Encouragement (not enablement!) is key. 


Dry January - Instead of kicking off the New Year sprinting, begin the New Year walking closely with Jesus. Photo of a sober living and recovery home with a cross in the front.

Again, we congratulate those who are trying this sober lifestyle with Dry January. In active recovery, we know it’s not just about abstaining from alcohol, but fostering a deeper connection with oneself. It’s a time to rediscover passions, rebuild relationships, and realign priorities. The benefits extend far beyond physical health, it’s an opportunity to reclaim mental clarity, emotional stability, and spiritual well-being. Each positive change is a testament to resilience and determination. 

We are grateful at our recovery homes that we are all striving for the same goal beyond January. To remain alcohol and drug-free while we flourish and be the people God intended us to be. Free! We celebrate the milestones: 1 day, 1 month, 2 months, 1 year, etc. sober!

For those continuing on the path of sobriety post-January, remember that every day is an opportunity for growth and renewal. Embrace lessons learned as a stepping stone towards long-term recovery. Seek ongoing support, practice self-care, and celebrate each milestone along the way.

Ultimately, it can serve as a reminder that change is possible and that hope is ever- present on the journey to recovery. It’s a powerful testimony striving for a healthier, alcohol-free life – one day at a time. Let it mark not just the end of a challenge but the beginning of a renewed commitment to a life filled with purpose, joy, and sobriety.

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