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Sober Curious: What It Means, Benefits, and Tips for Living Sober

Sober Curious: What It Means, Benefits, and Tips for Living Sober

Addiction has become a huge crisis in America, affecting over 23.5 million teenagers and adults. Be selective about who you spend time with during this transition. Try to spend more time with people who you trust to respect your decision to reduce or eliminate drinking alcohol, rather than those who will judge or pressure you.

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Abstinence vs. Sobriety: Two Very Different Things

There’s no doubt that Americans often view the New Year as a fresh start. In fact, approximately 40 percent make New Year’s resolutions with motivation to change. Interestingly enough, however, only 8 percent of Americans manage to keep and commit to their resolutions throughout the entire year.

  • Prioritizing self-care and self-awareness are essential to your self-growth, and these new healthier habits can help you along the way.
  • By believing in something greater than themselves, they give over their problems to something stronger.
  • Hangover effects can cause you to miss out on even more of your life because you’re sick or in bed and unable to do the things you love or interact with the people in your life that you care about.

He takes great pride in his community but is also aware of the effects the disease of addiction had on the people he loves dearly and continues to plague his community. With that understanding, a passion was developed to be part of changing the lives of others. That passion then birthed LIV Recovery Sober Living were Derrick uses his relationship building skills to build his community . After overcoming her own addiction in 2012 Julie went on to become certified as an addiction counselor in order to help others achieve a life of recovery.

You’ll Gain More Time

At Turnbridge, the young men and women in our sober living program are all considered unsung heroes. With great strength and bravery, they have all made a considerable, yet often unacknowledged, change to better their lives and the lives of the ones they love. If you believe you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or believe there’s a need to get sober, you too have the potential to make this change.

When you’re misusing drugs or alcohol, your relationships may be built on substance use. You’re more likely to surround yourself with other people who also misuse substances, and that can mean you never really get to know people without the influence of these substances. Romantic relationships may also be built on the use of drugs or alcohol, and frequently become toxic. We hear a lot about practicing mindfulness, not just in the recovery community but in mental health in general. Practicing mindfulness means that you’re focused on the present moment and enjoying it for all that it is, rather than thinking about the past or the future. Now that you are sober, you may have discovered that some of your past relationships were not only unhealthy but downright toxic.

New Year, Better You: How to Live Sober and Happy in 2018 & Beyond

Most importantly, it is important not to give up on recovery and continue working towards living sober. It really depends on the individual and their level of addiction. A heavy drinker may be able to occasionally have a drink without relapsing.

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The data indicate the more sober-curious you are, the more likely you are to drink more. Nearly 40% of the ‘very curious’ consume alcoholic beverages every day and close to 60% drink multiple times per week. This suggests that frequent drinking habits are in part fueling an interest to change course toward an alcohol-free lifestyle. Looking at the ‘who’ behind the sober-curious, the greatest interest in living a fully sober lifestyle is found among Gen Z adults (21-24), followed by young Millennials (25-34). Adults aged 55 and older are the least sober-curious, but also the most likely to say they already abstain from alcohol altogether. Although finding drugs is easy, affording the habit is difficult.

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Sure you may have had a lot of good times with them but when the going gets tough they probably won’t stick around. When we are able to build deeper relationships we learn the true meaning of friendship. Substance abuse makes people say and do things they normally never would have if they had not been under the influence. Continually waking up after a blackout and hearing about all the embarrassing things that were done the night before is a hard way to live.

  • We all have things that we love to do, so if you don’t already have a hobby, figure out what you love to do and do it.
  • Addiction is a condition where you get increasingly isolated,  so making friends and leaning on each other is critical to getting better.
  • However, it is important to remember that relapse (while not mandatory) is a too common part of the recovery process and should not be seen as a failure.
  • Find the support you need, and be gentle with yourself as you journey down the path to a sober life.

Because he is a member of a support group that stresses the importance of anonymity at the public level, he does not use his photograph or his real name on this website. Although these new activities are healthy and productive, they can be a stumbling block to lasting recovery if they become a transfer addiction to fill the void left by the original addiction. Financial troubles and problems finding and keeping employment are major triggers for relapse, but it is possible to take baby steps and get your finances in order.

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