As an adult in your 20's or 30's, it seems like alcohol and bars are part of everyday life — a happy hour here, a cocktail party there, dozens of holidays that center around hour-long bar crawls. While these are fine to enjoy when one drinks responsibly, attending these events can seem nearly impossible when you’re in recovery from alcohol addiction.
However, when you’re well enough into your recovery to resist temptation, there are plenty of ways to tolerate — and even enjoy — being the only sober person at an event.
Tips for Being the Only Sober One at an Event
Be Honest About Your Sobriety
There may be people who question why you're not drinking. Both for your own self-awareness and to practice good honesty, inform those asking that you practice sobriety. You've made big strides in your recovery, so there is no shame in being open.
Bring a Drink with You
Especially if you're attending a more rowdy type of event, there may be people who badger you about not having a drink and potentially even try to continuously offer one. To avoid feeling pressured, simply bring a bottle of sparkling water or your favorite juice blend with you. Having your own beverage to sip on will keep you occupied and lessen your temptation to sip on alcohol.
Attend Events for a Reason
If you’re only attending an event because someone guilted you into it or you feel obligated to attend, you run the risk of turning to alcohol to make the time go by faster or make the event more tolerable.
Only attend events you want to be at. When you have a reason to go and are excited to do so, you won’t feel the need to drink to get through the night.
Remind Yourself Why You’re Sober
If you find yourself tempted to have a drink or feeling uneasy about being the only sober one at an event, remind yourself why you got sober in the first place. Focusing on your reasons for recovery and all the strides you’ve made to get where you are today can help you avoid alcohol and enjoy every event you attend.
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