Living a sober lifestyle can be a daily challenge, and when you are invited to parties and events it can be difficult to withstand the temptation presented in the form of an open bar or a well-meaning host who wants to make sure every guest has a drink in hand. It’s important, therefore, to have a plan in mind before attending these events that covers how to avoid that temptation, how to handle any situation in the moment, and how to deal with peer pressure.
While it won’t be easy, there are ways you can stay on a sober track no matter where you are. The key is to be prepared and surround yourself with people who support you and understand the lifestyle you’re trying to attain.
Read on for a guide to attending parties and events while staying sober.
Step One: Prepare
Finding out the detailsSuch as whether there will be a bar. If the event is a wedding reception, for instance, there’s a chance you’ll have to go to the bar just to get a water or soda, so it’s a good idea to bring your own drink and avoid that area altogether.
Bringing a sober friend alongIf the individual is in recovery, attending an event where alcohol will be present might not be the best idea, so find out what they feel comfortable with ahead of time. It’s always helpful to have a support system along.
Figure Out Transportation Beforehand
Driving yourself or having the number of a cab company or ride service in your phone, just in case you need to leave early. You don’t want to be at the mercy of someone else when you’re ready to go home.
Step Two: Have A Plan For Saying No
In many cases, there will be people at the events you’re invited to who understand that you are living a sober lifestyle. However, if you haven’t made the decision yet to talk to people about your choices, it’s important to have a plan in mind for saying no when someone offers you a drink. You might even think of a script so that you’ll be able to answer clearly and confidently, which will signal to the person that you are definitive in your decision.