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Whether you have had a substance abuse problem or you just want to adopt a sober lifestyle, one of the biggest threats to staying sober is peer pressure. This is especially true for those suffering with addiction because old friends who still drink can compromise your sobriety. Here are a few suggestions for staying sober.

 

Make Sure Your Loved Ones Know About Your Sobriety

If you’ve completed a rehab program, those close to you probably already know you’re living a sober life. However, if this is just something you’ve undertaken on your own, you may need to tell your family and friends about it. Those who really care about your wellbeing will be supportive and help you by engaging in sober activities with you. Those who still drink may not be around as much, and that will only help you resist the urge to drink.

 

Find New Activities to Enjoy

Drinking alcoholic beverages is a big part of socializing, but there are plenty of other activities you can enjoy that don’t include drinking. You should start looking for activities that involve your personal interests. Some ideas to consider include joining a book club, sports team, or a fitness center. Additionally, you can look for a support group for sober living. Even if you haven’t been through rehab, weekly meetings can help you stay strong and dedicated to sobriety.

 

Find Some Nonalcoholic Drinks to Enjoy

In some situations, you may have to be around people who are drinking. While you should keep these occasions down to a minimum, you can also prepare for them by knowing what you’ll drink at public events. It can help you to come up with a few nonalcoholic drinks that you really enjoy. This can save you from having to explain why you’re not drinking alcohol, while giving you a delicious drink that will hit the spot. If the topic of your drinking does come up, you can simply explain that you’re a designated driver for some friends.

 

If you’re having trouble maintaining your sobriety, you may want to consider entering a treatment center. There are several different types of programs, including outpatient treatment options, so you can find the program that best suits your needs. After completing a rehab program, you’ll have the tools and support you need to better resist the urge to drink.