It’s important to maintain your sobriety, but there’s no reason you can’t have fun or socialize with friends when you’re sober. In fact, being sober gives you a chance to make new friends and connect with people in ways that weren’t possible when drinking.
Here are 15 ways to make sure that your social life isn’t limited by your sobriety:
1. You’re still allowed to have fun.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth stating: you can still have fun without drinking. This is especially true if you make an effort to surround yourself with people who are sober and enjoy spending time with them. If you feel like your social life is suffering because of your sobriety, then it’s time for some new friends!
2. Surround yourself with supportive people.
The most important thing you can do is surround yourself with supportive people. If you don’t have friends or family who support your sobriety, it can be difficult to stay sober. You should also make sure that there are people in your life who will understand if they see any signs of relapse so that they can help point out what needs changing.
3. Attend support groups.
Support groups are a great way to meet other sober people, and can be online or in person. They’re also a great place to get support and advice from others who have been in your shoes. Support groups will make you feel less alone as you try to stay sober, which is important if you want to stay sober for a long time.
4. Get involved in a sober community.
Other ways to deal with relapse triggers include: finding a sober partner, joining a sober event or group, and getting involved in something you care about related to the addiction you’re working on.
Look for opportunities to get involved with a cause you care about that’s related to your addiction, like raising awareness of mental health or helping those who are struggling with substance abuse.
5. Plan ahead of time.
Planning ahead can help you avoid temptation, as well as other pitfalls. For example: