Getting sober is one thing. Staying sober means we must adapt to a new lifestyle without our old ways of “letting loose.” The biggest fear most people have about stepping into a life of sobriety usually sounds like this:
“But how will I have fun?”
“What if they think I’m lame?”
“Is my social life over?”
It’s natural to wonder what “fun” is like without drinking, partying or using drugs.
Before I got sober, I had the same questions. That’s why I made it my mission not to let my drinking status determine my social life or the amount of fun I’m able to have.
Some might hit you with the “You don’t drink – you’re no fun,” line every once in a while or maybe even more often than you’d like. And that’s ok. They don’t realize that sobriety is living life with a different version of fun: Your version. The one that actually makes you feel good on the inside both during and after the festivities.
Here’s the thing, you can still have a ton of fun without boozing, buzzing, or getting blasted.
You can still attend special events, birthdays, weddings, and your own celebrations sans the alcohol. It’s all a matter of being rooted in your sobriety as a lifestyle and understanding that you may be sober, but you’re not boring.
Not only that but being sober these days is becoming a lot more of a norm for many. Mind Body Green predicted their wellness trends for 2017 stating, “The sobriety movement will evolve from fringe interest to a pervasive culture.” Essentially saying sobriety is a rising culture for those who are taking a stand for their health and reaching out for new ways to have more genuine connections.
Aside from being part of a pretty awesome sober society, it’s important to realize new ways to have fun. I have found a ton fun ways to live the sober life.
On my latest article for Casa Capri Recovery, an all women treatment center in sunny Southern California, I’m riffing on some ideas to incorporate that will help you stay active, social and entertained without needing to drink. Read here to learn about 6 ways I get down living the sober life.
I also wrote an article for WinWard Way Recovery, a men’s sober living and treatment facility in Costa Mesa, Cali about how this new year is the perfect time to create a new you minus the booze. Check it here: New Year, New You: The Perfect Time To Quit Alcohol