Merry, Berry, Bright, & Sober
With the holidays just around the corner, many who have taken the path of sobriety are anxiously worrying about how they will refuse temptations and continue saying no. Whether you have chosen to be sober as a personal choice or for health reasons, there are a variety of strategies one can employ to make the experience less daunting.
A communication researcher at NC State, Lynsey Romo, conducted a study where successful professionals who abstain from alcohol were interviewed. Gathered are a few ways in which you can resist temptations without drawing attention to yourself as suggested by these surveyed business professionals:
- If possible, do not announce that you do not drink, as this will only bring attention to yourself and make it more challenging to resist temptations. Instead of saying “I don’t drink,” try with something such as “I’m not drinking tonight. I am the designated driver.”
- Keep a beverage in your hand so that you are not urging to give into temptations. This may mean ordering a non-alcoholic beverage that resembles a cocktail, such as a club soda with lime or asking the bartender to make you a mock cocktail.
- One aspect that makes many sober individuals feel uneasy is making their colleagues or friends feel uncomfortable by their sobriety. Rather than feeling like you are guilt tripping your friends, simply offer to be the designated driver or buy everyone a round of drinks. This is a great way to still be involved in the fun but remain sober.
- If you are feeling a little pressure, try using a health related reason to eliminate the drink requests. For example, saying you are on antibiotics and are unable to drink will likely get them off of your back.
As challenging as it may be to find a place for yourself in many social environments with your newfound sobriety, if there is a will, there is a way. Just as you have overcome your addiction and found a way to be happy again without being dependent on drugs or alcohol, you can overcome this obstacle as well.
At Inspire Malibu, we understand the unique treatment needs of the individual. We will formulate a custom tailored treatment plan based on your exclusive needs. Just as no individual is equal, no treatment plan can be made equal either. If you or someone you love is finding it difficult to remain sober during the holidays, please do not hesitate to give us a call. With multiple treatment options in combating alcoholism, you can rest assured that we will determine the best treatment solution for you and guide you on the path of sobriety.