“How can I make friends without dealing with the questions about booze?” – this question has been asked by countless teetotalers, longtime abstainers, or recovering alcohol users for years. Obviously, this is a very important inquiry, especially when you live in a country that suffers from a crippling rate of alcohol use in public places. Take a look at any movie or TV show (even ones from the 50s), and you will notice how people bond over glasses of wine, whiskey, gin tonics, or beer. So, how can you make friends without all that pressure to drink with them? Surely, there must be a way around this. Ultimately, we are happy to tell you “yes, there is.” Let’s take a closer look at how you can make friends without the problematic cloud of alcohol hanging over you.
Show up at the Party
Remember, you don’t have to drink if you go to a bar, restaurant, or club. Many times, alcoholics will make excuses not to show up if alcohol is not being served, so you don’t necessarily want to be categorized as that kind of person from the start (through gossip). Just show up at the party and drink something that looks alcoholic (or just water or soda). If your friends cannot accept you, that is not your problem.
Get up and Move
If you a person who enjoys physical activities, an endless lineup of fun adventures awaits you. Perhaps you enjoy the local wildlife and would prefer to go hiking, horseback riding, or birdwatching. Maybe you would prefer to snowboard, ski, water-ski, or swim. On the other hand, maybe you prefer intensity sports or would love to return to ballet class. No matter what activity you choose, you are bound to meet someone else who also enjoys this pastime, especially if you join a club or organization.
Good Old Brain Food
On the other hand, you may be the quiet type who prefers a little less excitement in favor of intellectual activities. In this case, you may want to consider joining a book club, taking an art class, learning a new language, or visiting a museum. You are guaranteed to meet some amazing people there.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol might be a beneficial medication for people seeking to prevent heart attacks or strokes, but you have to remember that this substance has a high risk for abuse and addiction. Ultimately, you are the only person who can decide if you are willing to take the plunge and take the first drink. However, you can also decide to make things right. If you, a friend, or a loved one is suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the pain of withdrawal and detox and help you complete a successful and fulfilling rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy path, we promise to help you every step of the way.
Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your drug or alcohol problems to the curb.