With Covid restrictions easing, more and more summertime events are being planned and household gatherings are happening. Whether it is a backyard BBQ, birthday party, wedding or pool party, there is often one thing in common when it comes to a get together of any size – alcohol.
Now for many, this may not be an issue, but for those in recovery, and especially those who are still trying to figure out how to navigate these social norms, it can be difficult.
So what do you do? We know you cannot remove yourself from every social event because there may be alcohol present, but there are ways to make going to these events easier, and actually more fun!
By bringing a friend to the party or gathering that not only understands, but supports your sobriety, you will be less likely to feel pressured into having a drink by those that don’t know your story.
Bring your own party drinks
Nobody said you have to drink basic bottled water if you’re working hard on your sobriety during summer party season. Bring a small cooler full of flavoured sparkling water or mix up a virgin cocktail. Not only will you feel more comfortable with something refreshing on hand, it will also stop others from asking if you want “a drink.”
Don’t get caught off guard
You don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why you aren’t drinking alcohol, but it is a good idea to have a plan on what to say if someone asks. By knowing what you want to say, you can control the conversation without feeling like you need to tell your whole life story.
Pick and choose your parties
Now that you are living an alcohol-free lifestyle, choosing to go to a party where you know your old drinking buddies will be, may not be in your best interest. If you are even in the slightest unsure of how you will feel or react being around your old friends, it probably isn’t worth the risk.
Host your own party
If all else fails, host your own party. By hosting your own party, you can control whether alcohol will be served or not, leaving you to be able to relax and enjoy your time with friends and family.
Are you struggling with staying sober or wanting to get sober? Contact us at The Farm Rehab to discuss how we can help you – our number is 1-(877)-353-2777.