Dealing with Social Drinking During Recovery
When you are a recovering alcoholic, you may find that one of the most difficult aspects of staying on the path to recovery could be dealing with the sheer social nature of alcohol. It is an industry that captures a lot of attention, in part because the nature of the beast is designed to be at the front and center of things. For example, the beer industry alone spent over $1 billion on TV advertising in 2010. In most of these ads, the alcohol was portrayed as a conduit for good times. This can sometimes be a source of frustration or even despair that could threaten to run interference between you and your spiritual connection with a program of recovery. However, there are ways in which you can stay strong in the face of such adversity.
You’re Not Alone
They say that there is safety in numbers. When you are a recovering alcoholic, and an ad for a beer comes up, you can take solace in knowing that there are plenty of people in the recovery that may have struggled with ads make them feel uncomfortable. This is why its important to have a strong support system in place, picking up the phone to call your sponsor would be a great idea in a situation like this.
Surveys indicate that one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. This sense of realization serves to strengthen the notion assuring you that there are other people – good people – that are taking the same road to recovery as you are.
Realizing that you’re not alone in this battle could also help you cope with social settings where alcohol is present. Because alcohol is so socially acceptable, you will inevitably find yourself in situations in which alcohol is present. While its mere visibility won’t cause an instant relapse, it could be the basis for various feelings of discomfort to foster.
Help is Always Available
These situations will happen during your recovery. It is imperative that you spend the early months of sobriety forming relationships with members of the program that take recovery seriously. If you think alcohol may be present at a social gathering then you definitely want to take someone with you, never knowingly go into a “dangerous” dangerous situation alone while in early recovery.
Don’t Be Afraid
Ultimately, you should not be fearful of social situations where alcohol may be present. As long as you constantly adhere to the basic tenants of the 12-step program, you will be able to use its principles to gain a clear communication with a higher power. This, combined with the love and support from your sponsor, can give you the fortitude needed to make it through these types of situations, one instance at a time.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.