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How to remain sober in non-sober environments

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Staying sober and maintaining your social life

Wet places are pubs or any establishment that serves alcohol.

“If you go to a barber shop often enough you will eventually get a haircut.”

The same can be applicable if you go to a bar or pub. If you go to a pub without the right mechanisms to deal with your cravings, then you could relapse and buy a pint.

Completing rehab is a feat to be proud of.

Finishing residential treatment is a big achievement and the important first step in maintaining long-term sobriety.

Reintegrating back into society can be a daunting process, especially the thought of regaining your social life.

You may be wondering how you can maintain a social life if those around you are not leading completely sober lives.

We understand how much of a big step it can be, so we have gathered together some key ways to help you remain sober in non-sober establishments.

If you, a friend or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, then it is important that they seek the help they need.

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What are non-sober establishments?

A non-sober establishment means anywhere where alcohol is present – whether that is someone’s home, a bar, restaurant, cinema or theatre, or any other social place.

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Meeting friends and maintaining a social life is important when recovering from addiction in the long-term as it provides a positive distraction from any cravings you may experience.

But what if that social event is in a pub or restaurant?

It can feel isolating, and you may not go because you do not want to feel left out, or lonely.

But there are many tips to help you remain sober and maintain your social life.

Living with temptations

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While your friends or family will be considerate about your recovery and limit what they drink around you, it can still be tempting knowing where that alcohol cupboard is, or a friend saying they are off to the pub can be triggering.

It is important to remember your support network when you are faced with these temptations.

Treat the aspects that have helped your recovery process like affirmations that you can tell yourself when faced with long-term symptoms like cravings:

  • You have a community of people in recovery that you can talk to as much as you like
  • You have a daily routine that you maintain to keep you sober
  • You have healthy habits such as exercise
  • You have been able to set boundaries
  • You are maintaining open dialogue about your worries with those around you
  • You can leave an environment you feel uncomfortable in

These kinds of affirmations will help motivate you, and help you realise how far you have come, and can often be a useful way of living with the temptations that surround social life.

Read some real-life stories about recovery to keep yourself motivated.

You don’t have to prove anything to anyone

Although you may be feeling that people may judge you for not participating in a social event, or that they might isolate you when they hear about your history, this is not the case.

You do not have to make excuses or reasons why you would prefer not to go to the pub for example.

Learn more about life after rehab.

If there is a social event with your friends or work colleagues that involves going to an establishment that is non-sober, like a restaurant or bar, then you need to be very honest with yourself about why you are considering going.

Dangerous reasons for wanting to socialise in a non-sober establishment, or ‘wet place’ might be:

  • You want to be around your drinking partners again
  • You want to experience those places that you enjoyed when you were drinking
  • You want to be around those drinking and imagining how they are feeling
  • You want to go because you are bored or feeling isolated

Want to know what to do if you relapse? Click here.

How to stay sober in ‘wet places’

When going to a non-sober place is unavoidable, then here are some tips to help you stay sober:

  • Practice what you are going to say if someone offers you an alcoholic drink.
  • Only stay for the amount of time that you need to be social.
  • Bring a sober friend who can support you and help you if trigger arise.
  • Remember to leave at once if you are tempted to drink.

If you have only been sober for a short while, or you have only very recently completed rehab, then it is best not to go to a pub.

How to stay sober in the first 90 days.

There are dry bars that are alcohol-free that you can go to, which can help rebuild your social life in a healthy and temptation-free way.

Learn more about how to stay sober post-rehab.

Aftercare: Sober living and halfway houses

If you are concerned about the environment you will be returning to post-rehab.

There are a number of sober living and halfway house

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communities that are completely alcohol and drug-free.

This can be a healthy way to reintegrate back into society after rehab.

Always remember that recovery is possible, and you are building a better, happier and healthier life.

Read real life stories.

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If you are concerned about rehab, or how to remain sober after completing treatment, then our professional medical team are on-call 24/7, to provide impartial and confidential advice.

Get in touch today on 0808 1150 446.

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Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Alison