How to Enjoy Social Outings While Remaining Sober

Having a Good Time While Staying Sober is Possible

When you have reached a point of sustained sobriety, one of the biggest fears you may have is relapse and how to prevent it from happening. Oftentimes, those who have just finished treatment and are back home will refrain from going out for the first several weeks. This is so that they can readjust to life as a sober individual without having triggers around them. Having a good time and remaining sober while still having a social life is possible, but it takes willpower and the determination to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol in order to make that happen.

Group Activities and Social Gathers can Pose a Threat to Your Sobriety

There is no doubt that you will be faced with temptation and feel the pressure to use when you are out with your friends. Although they may not be physically targeting you and offering you the substance of abuse, whether it is drugs or alcohol, you may feel an overwhelming urge to use when you are simply around it.

Here are some tips that will help you manage your desire and itch to use during gatherings with friends and family.

  • Stay in Control of Your Personal Drink: It’s important that when you are enjoying your time out that you are aware of your own drink. Someone may accidentally pour you an alcohol beverage forgetfully which can put you on a very dangerous path. By handling your own non-alcoholic beverage, you can be sure that accidents like this will not occur.
  • Bring a Trustworthy Friend or Family Member: Having someone with you that has your best interest at heart is a great way to ensure that you remain sober during your outing. It’s important that these individuals also remain sober during the outing as this is a great way to know that you have the support you need while having a great time.
  • Have an Exit Strategy: Knowing when to leave is a key factor in remaining sober during your night out. If you find that it is getting late and you know that you should start heading home, you must leave right away. Being around people who are getting more and more inebriated may make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable. By leaving, you are removing yourself from a potentially toxic environment.
  • Know the Environment you are Attending: Knowing what sort of occasion you are going to be celebrating will give you the ability to mentally prepare yourself. You may find yourself in certain circumstances throughout the outing that may make you uncomfortable. By understanding exactly what sort of happenings may be occurring, you can better prepare yourself for any sort of pressures or triggers that you may be faced with.

Managing Your Sobriety: Trigger Management

If you know that you are going to a social gathering and want to ensure that you do not have the urge to grab a drink, prepare some mocktails to bring. This way you will have non-alcoholic options to enjoy while still engaging in conversation and fun activities with your friends and family. It’s important to simply relax and be yourself. Nobody is going to judge you for not drinking or using drugs and, in fact, they will praise you for your efforts and commitment to sobriety.

Trigger management involves knowing how to manage the urge to use when there are temptations and pressure. When there is the pressure to use, it’s vital that you either remove yourself from the situation or learn how to cope with the current scenario.

It’s important to realize that recovery from addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol, is a lifelong struggle. The struggle does not end when you leave your treatment program and although managing your cravings becomes easier, the addiction always has the capacity to creep back into your life. You must consistently work at maintaining your sobriety in order to live a life that is abstinent from substance abuse.

Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

A core part of a healthy long-term recovery is leading a healthy life and lifestyle; one that focuses on your wellness and embodies what it means to have good mental health. Exercising is a great habit to get into as it helps to keep your mind and body active and busy while also having health benefits. Working out has also proven to help alleviate and manage stress which can be a huge trigger for relapse.

Ensuring that you maintain a healthy diet is also inherently beneficial for your long-term recovery. A healthy and balanced diet will fuel your body full of the nutrients necessary to maintain your health and sobriety.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4553654/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.