Our society has a way of incorporating alcohol into just about everything, and this is never so clear as when you are newly sober. For people who have been living with high-functioning alcohol addiction for years, it can seem impossible to navigate the same hobbies, interests, and social obligations during recovery. Book clubs, bowling leagues, and art classes seem to have all made alcohol a staple of the activity, and it can be intimidating to imagine approaching these situations alcohol-free. While it may take some adjusting, enjoying old hobbies without alcohol is possible, and perhaps even better when enjoyed sober. A popular hobby that often includes unnecessary alcohol is the book club. During these meetings members gather together to discuss a book they are all reading, relax away from family obligations, and inevitably, drink massive quantities of wine. Some book club members even joke that they are attending a wine club. This is one of many examples where it doesn’t seem as if the activity and alcohol should logically mix. Drinking makes you lose focus, have trouble processing new ideas, and eventually become quite drowsy. Attending a book club meeting without drinking might be met with a few unwelcome comments, but you will almost certainly be the most alert and imaginative contributor to the discussion. Another popular pastime that doesn’t even attempt to hide its association with alcohol is the “paint and sip” concept. This involves taking a painting class while drinking wine. While this activity is commonly sold as a way to unwind and stimulate your creativity, research indicates that alcohol increases anxiety and stunts creative potential. A painting class is a great way to explore your artistic abilities and process emotions, but both can be done on a higher level without the addition of alcohol. Choosing to stay sober while still participating in your favorite hobbies and interests might be met with some resistance from unsupportive peers, but it is a revolutionary act that will enhance you experiences and foster personal evolution.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and would like to learn more about creating a sober lifestyle, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690