I am just under a week sober today and tomorrow I am going away for 5 days due to work. This makes me a little uneasy and anxious due to the fact that these trips usually involve a lot of drinking. I’m not sure how I am going to approach this situation due to the fact that I have not been anywhere near alcohol since I’ve been sober and obviously don’t want to start drinking again. I don’t want to have to stay away from people the whole time but also don’t want to put myself in a situation where I may be tempted to drink.
I’ll be posting at least once a day till I am back home. Suggestions and comments are welcome.
Thank you all.
Plan. Then plan! Then plan some more! Have a plan for any possible scenario. Plan what you are gonna drink at dinners. Plan what you want to say if and when someone offers you a drink. Plan your answer for the question “why aren’t you drinking?” Make an escape plan if you feel you need to get the fuck out of somewhere.
You can do this! Just be prepared. You know what they say, “if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail”
Remember all the reasons why you chose to stop drinking if you’re tempted to have one. Keep that list in your pocket. And think of how proud you will be when you make it home after the trip and you are still sober! You CAN do this!!! Stay strong.
If you stay strong you are going to feel awesome - A) because you won’t drink too much and risk doing anything embarrassing or being hungover the next day and B) because you’ll be proud of yourself and that will make you feel stronger and more confident about this whole process.
If you don’t feel like you can hang with folks without drinking then find something else to do: spa, gym, pool, watch a movie in your room - anything will be better than breaking your sober spell, trust me!
Thank you I’ve already got books, music, movies to distract myself. Definitely hoping the hotel at least has a gym/pool, usually they do but who knows. Going to also see if there are hiking trails around. Feel free to recommend any other ideas to help keep busy.
Hiking has been a huge part of my last 6 months without alcohol. Being out in nature is so soothing and helps me see the bigger picture in a way that I was drunkenly blind to before. So on that note, I think it’s a fantastic idea!