The rise of the sober curious: having it all, without alcohol Life and style

If you find it difficult to avoid alcohol despite your best efforts, a good next step might involve reaching out to a professional who specializes in recognizing and treating alcohol dependence. You can also try out 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or SMART Recovery. When you know you’ll be in a social setting that involves alcohol, preparing your response ahead of time helps you stick to your decision in a situation where you might feel swayed. If you’re weighing the benefits of short-term sobriety, Turner recommends focusing on what you’ll gain, not what you’ll lose. According to a 2018 study, 1 month of abstaining from alcohol may help lower blood pressure and risk for alcohol-related diseases.

  • Recovery allows you to get to know the real you and learn to love that person.
  • When I was drinking, it never occurred to me that I was an introvert.
  • Over the past 12 years, Marshall has seen a lot of changes in the way people view sobriety.

It is estimated that up to 80% of those who find long-term sobriety had at least one relapse along the way. Some people experience many setbacks before they find lasting recovery. Your intentions may be good, but it takes more than willpower to avoid having a relapse. However, the word is often used in different ways in different contexts. Many 12-step programs suggest that sobriety means total abstinence—never using the substance ever again. If you’re in recovery from a substance use disorder, you already know how much work it took to achieve sobriety, and you’ll want to do everything possible to avoid having a relapse.

More Time for Self-Care

Many people struggle with maintaining healthy relationships, and this can be a key reason for relapse. If these emotions become excessive, they can hold you back from recovery. If you are trying to maintain a sober lifestyle, those feelings can become toxic and contribute to relapse if you don’t deal with them properly. For many people with a substance use disorder, it’s simply a matter of never having learned the appropriate way to manage anger.

How to be a fun sober person?

  1. Getting out into nature.
  2. Volunteering.
  3. Organize a game or puzzle night.
  4. Plan an alcohol-free date or take yourself on a date.
  5. Go to a sober meet-up.
  6. Go outside-the-box for exercise.
  7. Explore and document your family history.
  8. Take an in-person or virtual class.

A family member who is used to taking care of you may seem annoying and controlling when you are sober. Loved ones may resist accepting your claims of having changed and be reluctant to trust you. By staying in a professional treatment center for 30, 60 or more days,  you will be away from the things that may have encouraged your addiction.

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Fortunately, not all of the damage is permanent and as your body adjusts to sobriety, your brain will too. With time, the mental fog will fade and you’ll begin to feel more alert, focused, and present in your everyday life. This means you’ll have an easier time functioning at work, carrying out your daily routine, reading a book, and even just having deeper thoughts and ideas that add value to your life.

You may also self-medicate your sleep issues using drugs or alcohol. Not only that but sober life these days is becoming a lot more of a norm for many. It’s natural to wonder what ”fun” is like without drinking, partying or using drugs. That’s why I made it my mission not to let my drinking status determine my social life or the amount of fun I am able to have. Abstaining from drinking may be trendy for some, but for the one in eight Americans who have alcoholism, it can mean life or death.

You’ll Get the Opportunity to Repair Broken Relationships

As mentioned, part of being sober curious is about being mindful when you reach for a drink. But while it’s important to be mindful in the moment, some are harder than others. And if there are moments you think it might be hard to say “no” to a drink—even if you want to? “Try making a plan ahead of time for not drinking at an event that you normally would,” says Watts. Staying sober requires a person to dive deeper and begin unraveling why they were using the substance, their triggers for relapse, and how to avoid falling into a pattern of use again.