When you first got sober, you’re focused on being able to go to work or school without having to get high. Sometimes, that's what it takes in the beginning, but what about holidays, birthdays and office parties? Being drug free doesn't mean not having a life. The following tips can help you stay strong while attending fun events.
Use a buddy system: Having someone to go with you to a party, function or social event helps reduce the stress of walking in alone. It also provides you with someone who will hold you accountable for your actions while there. Choose a drug and alcohol-free friend that you enjoy spending time with and arrange to ride together or meet out front at an appointed time. Set up a signal that means you want to leave if things become difficult for you.
Arrive early and leave early: Holiday celebrations and birthday parties generally go on for a while. Arrive early and enjoy the event while everyone there is still sober. Leave early and avoid having to watch those few party animals get high or drunk.
No alcohol: Even if you have never had an alcohol problem, it is a slippery slope. If you start drinking at a party, you could get drunk, which reduces your self-control and if someone offers you the opportunity to relapse with your drug of choice, you may say yes. Drink non-alcoholic beverages and avoid potential problems. As a recovering addict, you should never ingest alcohol anyway, right?
Choose wisely: Part of being sober is making smart choices. If you have a feeling that a party will turn into a drug fest, politely decline the invitation and find something else to do. Staying sober is easier in a movie theater, or out to dinner with you sister, than it will be at a party where everyone's in the bathroom snorting lines.