People who suffer from substance addiction are no strangers to experiencing societal stigmas precipitated from numerous myths and misconceptions. A common fear in the early recovery journey is that sobriety disconnects you from having a social life. You may fear not being able to go out with friends or attend any social gatherings where alcohol or substances are involved. The media often portrays having a good time you need to consume alcohol, however, this is a very misconceived notion, because for recovering addicts this “good time”evolved into a full-blown addiction.
The early stages of socialising in your new sober life will certainly present challenges and you may feel apprehensive in these early days, it’s important to remember why you started this journey. Becoming sober will in fact improve your relationships and help you to establish new ones.
1. Drinking Equates to Having Fun
Many believe that their life will become dull or boring in sobriety, but this is far from the truth. A recovering addicts version of “fun” in the past would be to self-medicate with alcohol without control, in sober living, a complete mindset adjustment is normally needed.
Being addicted to alcohol normally takes away from living a meaningful life. In sobriety there will be no more blackouts with missing chunks of memory, regretting your actions or physical sickness.
2. You Will Lose All Your Friends
Dependent on whether your friends enabled you during your active addiction or were there to support you during the recovery journey can determine the outcome. Growing apart is part of life, and this is no different in this case.
Some of your friends may take some time to adjust to your new lifestyle and some will support your decision without hesitation. Many in sobriety also build new friendships, being sober frees up so much more time to invest in healthy relationships.
3. You Will Be In The Spotlight In Social Situations
You’re newly sober and still adjusting to many parts of your new life. You may feel self-conscious or worried about answering questions about why you are not drinking, it may even be fear of being “interrogated”. In general, most people won’t give much thought about it or even notice.
If an occasion arises where your sobriety is questioned, you should not feel pressured to explain your lifestyle to anyone.