When you’re in early recovery, you might feel your life is dreary. After all, you’re used to getting high, having ‘fun’ and not taking much, if any, responsibility. However, getting sober doesn’t mean getting used to a life of boredom. Recovery is a learning process, and part of it is learning how to have fun without drinking. In our society, drinking is and has always been acceptable. Adult beverages are available pretty much everywhere you go. No one expects you to be a hermit, and you may find yourself in a situation where people around you are enjoying a drink, but you can’t. You may ask if it is even possible for you to enjoy your life without alcohol. Yes it is. Concerts Attending a live music event is memorable, and in sobriety you might feel a bit wary of going to a concert because a lot of people around you will be drinking. This doesn’t mean you have to stay home, it only means that if you decide to go, know that you will be faced with triggers and that you need to be prepared to handle them. Make it about the music and bring a sober friend with you. The best part of not getting drunk at a concert is that you will remember every moment with clarity. It doesn’t get better than that. Parties and Social Gatherings Chances are, if you’re invited to a party or a gathering, it will involve alcohol. It might even be held at a bar. Once again, people will be drinking around you, raising a toast, and you may be tempted to join in. knowing that, you may not want to attend. Other people attending may not really understand why you can’t have just one drink. Don’t let that stop you from attending events and getting out there. You don’t have to explain to anyone why you don’t want a drink. Make sure you stay close to people who do understand, and others who may also be choosing not to drink. It will remind you why you made the choice to get sober in the first place when you find that you’re having fun mingling and dancing and talking to others without being fogged by alcohol. Romantic Evenings A romantic evening out with a significant other is practically synonymous with a bottle of wine or some champagne. You might be hard pressed to imagine a romantic night out without alcohol. However, who said romance had to involve alcohol? Spending time with your significant other should be your focus. You can enjoy each other’s company without any distractions. And there are plenty of other beverages that can fill the void, if you feel one, like mocktails and flavored sparkling waters. Also think of the money you’ll save by not ordering a fancy bottle of wine. That money can be used to go out more, save for something you want or take a trip. Life’s experiences do not have to include alcohol. There are plenty of ways to have fun without it. Don’t link your enjoyment of life and experiencing new things to drinking.
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