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Sober Happy People Out On the Town 

If you’re new to being sober or haven’t had a drink, drug or any mind-altering substances for almost a year… Here are my top tips for getting through the party season without falling foul of getting stupid waisted at the club!

What “NON-Alcoholic” Drink Do You Enjoy Sipping On?

You need to find a drink that you enjoy enough to have several over the course of an evening. Water is boring but calorie-free, so it’s great if you’re watching your weight. We’ll suggest our favorite “drink hack”  MiO Liquid Water Enhancer he one that started it all. With MiO, the glass isn’t always half full. It’s full. With just a few drops, MiO gives you the power to turn your water into whatever you want it to be. Get creative…we’ve found the flavor “Arctic Grape” with electrolytes a big hit with soda water! 

Soda is full of sugar and caffeine, and OJ always seems like a breakfast beverage more than something to down at a dinner party.

Mocktails are a great solution, but you can’t always count on your host providing them. If you’re close to your host, why not call her pre-party and ask to bring along your own mocktail? (With any luck, she may even offer to get the ingredients and make a few for you.) One great option is a virgin mojito, which is delicious and won’t make you feel like you’re missing out! You’ve done the work, now you’ve got to stay strong…but still enjoy activities like concerts, clubs, and events! Best Mocktail Recipes!

Have a plan for the morning after

If you’re staying the night at your party destination, pack cute work out gear and plan an awesome workout for the next morning. When everyone else is groaning in bed with debilitating hangovers, you can throw on your best morning workout gear, burn some calories and return fresh-faced, feeling great and with a certain degree of smugness to boot, while your boozy friends are staggering around the kitchen, sipping super-strong coffee in an effort to revive their weary bodies. (You will enjoy that moment, I promise!)

And even if you’re not spending the night, having something to look forward to the next morning will give you added motivation to steer clear of those cocktails!

Avoid people you don’t like

If you can be at all selective of the company you’ll keep during Party Season, do yourself a favor and only accept invites from people you actually like. Spending time in the company of boring, self-interested, idiotic people might actually stir you to have a few drinks. Once you’ve spent time with those same people sober, you’ll be amazed at how much you used to put up with!

For additional motivation, notice how people behave when they’ve had too much to drink. (YouTube Worthy Waisted) NOT I!

Next time you attend an event, take a look around the room and notice how those who’ve had a few too many drinks behave. Most likely you’ll observe people loud, boring, immature, repetitive, and/or slurring their words. Maybe you’ll see friends staggering in high heels, arguing, or acting self-important – drunk people are not cool! Ask yourself, do I want people to look at me in the way that I am looking at this bunch of drunken idiots?

I’m guessing your answer will be no!

If everyone around you is going down the drunken road of no return, politely make your exit. 

Remember: the point of a party, after all, is to have fun. If you’re bored stiff and tired of being the one-person audience at a drunken freakshow…leave! The team at Rockland Treatment Center definitely understands that you’ll put your sobriety first once we set you out in the world! We’ll always here for your after-care and just to check in tell us about your new best life!