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Can I Still Go to Events that Serve Alcohol?

If you are new to recovery, the thought of being around alcohol can be anxiety-provoking and downright frightening. Even people with years under their belt can feel uncomfortable in its presence. This is quite reasonable, since that very substance is what brought many of us to our knees. However, it’s nearly impossible to avoid being around alcohol forever, especially since it is so well-embraced by our society.

Generally, it is a good idea to avoid people, places, and things that have anything to do with alcohol. This is not to say that you can never attend a wedding, a sporting event, or a concert. What it is saying, is if you do go, you should have a very good reason for doing so. It might not be smart to go to the bar because they usually have a decent act on any given night of the week. If your favorite band is in town and you want to go, take a sober friend with you. If you go to a wedding, drive yourself or be prepared to call an Uber or Lyft so you can leave whenever you need to go.

It’s important to always be on your guard, especially when alcohol is around. Keep an eye on your drink, watch when it is poured, and always be aware of your comfort level. If you don’t feel good about being there, don’t feel obligated to stay. Your sobriety is far more important than any person, event, or celebration will ever be. As mentioned before, try to bring a sober friend along. Not only will they be supportive, but attending alcohol-related events with someone who’s on the same page tends to be more fun and less stressful.

If you do go alone, let others know where you are going, and be prepared to call them if you’re uncomfortable. The greatest thing about sobriety is that you have the freedom to make your own choices. Addiction took our choices away, and now that you have that freedom again, choose wisely. Treatment provides the tools you need to safeguard yourself and your sobriety from everyday situations that can have a serious impact on your life. If you are considering going to treatment, give us a call and we’ll help you start down the path of freedom and choice that is the trademark of recovery.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401