Advice for Socializing Sober
Embarking on a journey of recovery is a significant achievement. However, finding your footing in social situations while maintaining sobriety can be challenging. That’s why we’ve compiled seven helpful tips for staying sober and confident while also enjoying the company of others during social events.
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1. Assertive Communication
Communicating assertively is key to maintaining your sobriety in social settings. It's okay to simply say “no” when offered alcohol or drugs. Remember, you're not obligated to explain your reasons or justify your choices to anyone.
2. Be Open and Honest About Your Sobriety
Don't be afraid to communicate your boundaries to your friends and loved ones. Letting them know about your commitment to sobriety helps set expectations and encourages them to respect your choices.
3. Evaluate Your Need to Attend
Before attending an event, consider whether your presence is necessary and if you feel comfortable with the environment of the event. If it could potentially pose a significant risk to your sobriety, it might be best to decline the invitation.
4. Surround Yourself with Supportive People
Try to spend time with people who support your recovery. Avoid anyone who might coerce you into drinking/doing drugs or who might undermine your progress.
5. Have a Game Plan
Prepare yourself mentally before attending any social events. Consider attending a meeting or speaking with a counselor beforehand to discuss any potential triggers and helpful strategies for handling them.
6. Practice Declining
Rehearsing how you'll decline offers of alcohol and drugs can make it easier when the situation arises. You could also bring a sober friend along or always have a non-alcoholic drink in hand to deter people from offering you alcoholic beverages.
7. Build a Sober Social Life
Creating a social circle that supports your sober lifestyle can be incredibly beneficial. Engage in activities and hobbies that don't involve alcohol or drugs, and build relationships with others who are also living sober lives.
Mount Sinai Wellness Center Is Here for You
As you navigate your recovery journey, remember that it's okay to ask for help. If you're struggling, reach out to a counselor or support group. You're not alone, and there are resources available to help you maintain your sobriety while enjoying a fulfilling social life.
At Mount Sinai Wellness Center, we are committed to supporting you throughout your recovery journey. Contact us today at (800) 353-4673 for more information about our services and how we can assist you in achieving your goals.