In recovery, there are going to be many new experiences. This is true even with things that we have done our entire lives. Now, this is because, now that we are sober, we are able to see things in an entirely new light with an entirely new perspective. Now, while this is certainly positive and exciting, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when we feel uncomfortable in sobriety. This includes when we begin to adapt to a new sober social life.

I’m Sober, Now What?

The question “I’m sober, now what?” pops up in most people’s minds once they finish treatment and find themselves in the world of recovery. Now, the truth is that there are two ways to look at this question. One is with a sense of anxiety, like “What am I going to do now?” The other way is to reframe the question, “I’m sober; now, what can’t I do?

Then, the second way is a lot more positive and can certainly be a lot more fun. Now that we are sober, we are able to engage in many more activities that we were once too preoccupied with our addiction to try. We can also begin to reengage with old activities that we loved, that addiction robbed from us. Keep in mind we now have the mental and physical capacity to accomplish anything we set our minds to.

The Prevalence of Sober Young People Today

Now, some young people worry about stigma when it comes to adapting to a new sober social life. However, the truth is that many young people are ditching an alcohol and substance-infused lifestyle for one that is focused more on wellness. These are young people who are both in recovery and those who simply choose to be sober. A simple perusal of social media sites will confirm this to be true.

Also, there are many more younger person recovery communities today than there have ever been before. Again, this is because younger people are choosing recovery over active addiction, and they are choosing to be part of a community to do it. Many 12-Step meetings are also set up specifically for young people. 

How to Adapt to a Sober Social Life

Of course, it’s easy to tell someone to adapt to a sober social life and another thing entirely to do. Perhaps the best piece of advice is to go about it slowly and, at times, cautiously. We don’t want to rush back into our old social life and discover that we are soon surrounded by “triggers” that could lead to a potential relapse. 

Also, we should consider the type of people that we want to allow into our sober social circle. Are they individuals that respect our boundaries regarding drinking and using substances? Do they have any issues with our need to prioritize our recovery above everything else? Are we able to be honest with them about both our active addiction and recovery journeys? The answers to these questions can help us determine who is healthy to be around in sobriety.

It is also helpful to remember the people who helped us get to the healthy place that we are today. We must remember to be grateful for our new, significantly happier, and healthier way of life.

Staying Grateful for a Sober Social Life

A good way to remain grateful and happy regarding our sober social life is to be around other people with the same shared experiences. These people may be found outside the treatment center in different recovery communities, but they may also be graduates of the same treatment center that we went to.

Forming alumni groups with other people from treatment is an excellent way to begin a healthy, sober social life. Doing this can also help us stay accountable and connected to the recovery plan that we set before we left treatment. Staying connected to these similar people and our long-term recovery plan can both cement gratitude as well as help us to avoid a potential relapse, and relapses are more common than many people think. According to the journal Current Psychiatry Reports, “Recent estimates from clinical treatment studies suggest that more than two-thirds of individuals relapse within weeks to months of initiating treatment.”

Clearview Girls Academy: Helping With Sobriety After the Treatment Center

Every one of us deserves a vibrant and engaging social life. This includes those of us who choose to live our lives in sobriety. Those of us who choose to seek a higher plane of being. 

Here at Clearview Girls Academy, we understand that the recovery journey does not simply end once we leave a treatment center. This is why we focus on staying connected with all of our graduates to ensure that they are doing well and maintaining a happy and full recovery.

It can be difficult to be social and sober in today’s culture of overarching alcohol and drug acceptance. This is especially true for young women. The good news is that more young people are choosing a sober lifestyle than ever before. Also, more people are beginning to leave the social media platforms that are promoting alcohol and drug-accepting lifestyles. A greater focus on health and wellness is making sober lifestyles more prominent and celebrated. If you are struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues, we can help. For more information about having a healthy social life while remaining sober, please reach out to Clearview Girls Academy today at (888) 796-5484.