While getting sober can be the greatest challenge in life for someone that has battled addiction, sober living in NJ can be just as challenging. Depending on your coping strategies and comfort levels with socializing, your biggest obstacle will most likely be adjusting to life around alcohol and drugs. Here are some ways that you can begin to overcome this hurdle and still make the most of your new and improved sober life.

Explaining Your Sobriety

Making reasons for your newfound sobriety apparent may help friends to be more supportive of your lifestyle. However, it is also important to remember that you don’t have to discuss your sobriety at length with anyone unless you feel comfortable doing so. If it helps you to be more at ease while socializing, it’s absolutely ok to simply say that you no longer drink.

Changing Your Surroundings

For some, a sober lifestyle means not going to places that serve alcohol and staying away from friends who use drugs or drink. Some people in recovery don’t face the same temptations and can go to bars with friends and socialize with friends that drink. While exposing yourself to an environment with alcohol is not recommended during early recovery, it comes down to doing what feels right for you.

Sober Activities

What can I do for fun during sober living in NJ?

Now that you are sober, life probably seems to have a lot more to offer. The options are endless when it comes to new experiences that don’t involve alcohol. When making plans with friends, have a list ready of sober activities you’d like to try. Days out can include concerts, art galleries, day trips, athletic classes, and so much more. Try it all!

Do you Need Further Support for Your Sober Living in NJ?

Being sober is the greatest gift you can give yourself if you have suffered an addiction or substance abuse. If you need extra support for your sober lifestyle, the Discovery Institute can help. Contact us today to learn about aftercare and other therapy programs, as well as possible sober living arrangements.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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