When you’re in addiction recovery, it can seem like the whole world has changed, but there are many things that are still the same. For instance, just because you have stopped drinking doesn’t mean that everyone has. Given that alcohol has become an accepted part of society, you’ll probably receive invites to grab a drink, or have people question why you’re not drinking.

How you respond is completely up to you and what you feel most comfortable with. It can be a good idea to have some replies ready so that if someone asks, you can feel more confident dealing with the situation. Here are five ideas for how you could respond:

  1. Be honest and tell them that you are in recovery.
  2. Tell them no thank you, you are the designated driver.
  3. Say that you have an early meeting the next day or are going somewhere later that day and want to feel your best.
  4. Explain that you’re not supposed to drink while on medication.
  5. Mention that you’re focusing on improving your health and have chosen to cut out alcohol.

Remember that you are not obligated to explain to anyone why you’re not drinking. It’s a personal decision. Don’t let anyone make you feel pressured or guilted into drinking. Sticking with a friend who will remain sober with you can help ease tension and make you feel more comfortable because you know you’re not alone. It can also help to keep a non-alcoholic drink in your hand; no one needs to know what you are or are not drinking. If you really feel uncomfortable, politely excuse yourself and leave. Getting into a safer environment or changing your surroundings can provide relief and allow you to continue focusing on your recovery.

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