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Do I Need Substances for My Social Life?

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There seems to be an understanding that substances are vital for social occasions because there is often a lot of alcohol at parties and other social events. What if we told you, however, that you don’t need substances to have a good time with others? Your social life does not depend on substances. You don’t need alcohol or drugs to make you happier, funnier, or more likable. You can be yourself and have a good time in the absence of substances. Learn more below.

Substances Don’t Actually Make Things Better Socially

Humans are wired for connection. Many people enjoy social settings, but they seem to think that substances are needed for these social gatherings so that they can have a good time. Furthermore, many people believe that they are happier, funnier, and more likable when they are under the influence of substances. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Substances don’t actually make social events better. You actually enjoy social events because of the people you surround yourself with, not the substance use you are engaged in.

Substances Actually Tend to Increase Isolation

It’s also important to note that substances actually tend to increase isolation. Because people who have addictions will do almost anything to get the substances they are craving, they will drop family and friends if it means they have access to substances. Many people with substance use disorders often find themselves alone, engaging in their substance use in secrecy. Substances don’t help social situations, they hinder them.

You Can Have Fun With Friends While Maintaining Your Sobriety

If you are newly sober, you might be worried about how your social life will be impacted now that you are not drinking alcohol or using drugs. The Arbor is here to help assure you, however, that you can have fun with friends while maintaining your sobriety. You don’t need to use substances to have fun. Find genuinely good people and find something entertaining that you love. Allow yourself the chance to truly engage in these activities without substances. You’ll probably be surprised at how much fun you have!

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you get and stay sober. We can give you the tools you need to be successful in social situations without engaging in substance use. Call us today at (844) 413-2690. Substances are not vital to a healthy social life. Call now to get the help you deserve today.