How to Stay Sober When Going Out with Friends
Posted By Schick Shadel || Feb 1, 2016
For someone who is in recovery, going out with friends can be a challenge. While you want to spend time with people who matter to you, it can be difficult as various activities may put your sobriety in danger. At Schick Shadel, we encourage you to do what makes you feel comfortable, but if you plan on going out with friends, we have some tips to help you maintain your sobriety.
Your friends should be willing to help you with all of your recovery goals. This includes planning activities that don’t put you at risk of relapse. By planning ahead, you are able to get an idea of what you and your friends will do and avoid any place that would make it difficult to stay sober.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
Part of the recovery process is controlling your own will and learning when to say no. Unfortunately, there are often times when your friends will still drink, even if you are in recovery. It’s okay to say no if they approach you about alcohol. They should respect your sobriety and understand the struggles you are dealing with before you go out.
Have Someone for Support
If you are going out with a group of friends and you know one of them doesn’t drink, spend time with that person. When you have someone else who is not drinking, you can find common ground and avoid the things that have the potential to affect your sobriety.
Avoid Any and All Triggers
Part of your sobriety is making sure you know what triggered you to drink or use drugs in the first place. Avoid these triggers when you go out with friends so you don’t put added pressure on yourself to resist. Making things easy on yourself can help you maintain your sobriety moving forward.
At Schick Shadel, we are dedicated to helping patients live their lives after rehab. This includes making sure they have the resources necessary to avoid stressful situations that trigger their addictions. Call today to learn more.