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    5 Social Situations to Stay Away From If You're New to Recovery

    Now that you’re on the road towards recovery, it is important to know how you can stay on course without too much hassle or encountering those nasty triggers that could lead you back to drinking. As you value your sobriety, learning what your social triggers are and avoiding them will serve you well. After all, you want your social life to be ideal, yet not tempt you to drink at the same time.

    Here are 5 social situations to stay away from if you are new to recovery:

    1. Drinking parties.

    You may have some acquaintances or friends that still drink and that’s alright, but if you really want to avoid the temptation, you must refrain from attending drinking parties. Now going to a party doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to drink, but your chances of caving into temptation are much greater than if you skipped the party.

    2. Drama circles.

    If you’ve got those family members or friends that always tend to drag you into drama, steer clear from them. When your emotions start running high, you’re more apt to lose sight of why you’re in recovery and could reach for a drink to cope with such emotions. It’s best to discuss this with such people and if the drama continues, stay away from them all together.

    3. Party activities.

    If you’re accustomed to going to sporting events and partying with your buddies, you might want to avoid such situations if you’re new in recovery. Sure, you can enjoy a good time sober, but the temptation may be more than you can handle when recovery is new to you.

    4. Holiday get-togethers.

    Get-togethers during the holidays are wonderful and encouraged, but if your family get-togethers tend to get out of control due to alcohol use, it’s best if you refrain from going if you are a recovery newcomer. If you must go, you can stay for a short time and leave early before anyone starts getting out of control. Sure, you love your family, but your sobriety is more important than sharing a holiday together.

    5. Concerts.

    Many concerts have alcohol handy and concert goers may get quite intoxicated, so if you’re a recovery newbie, you might want to pass on heading to see your favorite singers for a while. It can be quite tempting when you’re jamming out to some good music to grab a drink just like old times, so it’s best to jam out to your radio at home for now.

    Be encouraged to get together with others, as socializing is important, but be sure to avoid those situations that could be tempting for you. You’re recovery is super important, so be wise and stay on track.

    Dominica Applegate has a BS in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for 12 years before launching her own business as a writer. Specializing in addictions, relationships, codependency, fitness and health, Dominica’s work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck, because everyone can really create a life that they love.

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