Disclosing SobrietyYou can always simply tell your friends and family members that you’re not drinking because you’re in recovery—and they will surely understand and refrain from pressuring you to drink. With that said, you may not want to disclose this personal information. That’s certainly your choice. If that’s the boat you’re in, consider some of these helpful responses to people who ask why you’re not drinking.
- You’re focusing on your health
- You’re trying to lose weight
- You simply don’t feel like drinking
- You have to be up early in the morning
Additional Tips for Socializing in SobrietyWe also recommend these tips:
- If you have a close friend who knows you are in recovery, take him or her along to be sober with
- Research some good non-alcoholic drinks that you can order.
- Don’t expect everyone else to quit drinking just because you did; be prepared for the fact that other people will be imbibing.
- Have an exit strategy—an excuse to leave the gathering early if you feel like you’re under a lot of pressure.
- Invite friends to places and social events where there isn’t drinking going on, especially morning or day-time activities.