How to Party Without Alcohol

How to Party Without AlcoholAlcoholism is the most severe form of problem drinking. People who abuse alcohol often neglect responsibilities, take dangerous risks while drinking and encounter legal trouble but only those who are truly addicted become physically dependent.

Relying on alcohol to function and feeling physically compelled to drink are two common signs of alcoholism. Other symptoms include the following:

  • Growing tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Inability to stop drinking
  • Increased consumption over time
  • Obsession with drinking
  • Ignoring negative consequences
  • Poor work or school performance due to drinking
  • Drug use in situations which are harmful to self and others, such as, while caring for children
  • Social problems such as marital difficulties or losing old friends due to drug use

Contrary to popular belief, individuals do not need to “hit bottom” before they get sober. In fact, people who seek assistance quickly – before physical and psychological dependence become too severe – benefit from improved chances of recovering and preventing relapse. It is never too early to ask for help.

Having Sober Fun

People who use alcohol to relax and feel comfortable socializing often doubt their ability to enjoy themselves without getting drunk. This is especially true of people who are psychologically dependent on alcohol for help coping with anxiety, inferiority, or depression. Gaining insight into these and other emotional issues that underlie an addiction is one benefit of attending a professional treatment center. With expert help, many individuals overcome emotional difficulties and become more at ease with themselves and others.

One of the best ways to stay sober is to packs an extra dose of fun into your recovery program. Several dynamic ways to spend free time in sobriety-friendly ways include the following:

  • Hiking
  • Joining a local sports club or outdoors group
  • Creating art
  • Taking a class
  • Volunteering
  • Starting a book club
  • Watching a funny movie
  • Visiting bookstores
  • Playing with a pet
  • Goofing around with children

Finding friends who support your new, healthy lifestyle is especially important if hanging with the “old crowd” presents temptations to drink. Several ways to connect with others who support and share your goals include the following:

  • Join a support group. 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have extensive social networks
  • Rediscover your passions. Reconnect with former hobbies and interests to meet like-minded people
  • Serve. Seek out volunteer opportunities to connect with positive communities

At professional treatment centers, recovery experts help people learn skills that allow them to enjoy life fully. They also teach strategies for avoiding relapse by replacing drug use with dynamic, meaningful social experiences.

Help for Partying without Alcohol

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, help is available. Admissions coordinators at our toll free, 24 hour helpline can guide you to wellness. Don’t go it alone when support is just one phone call away.