It can also be a great way to meet new people who share your interests. Congratulate someone for their sobriety by expressing your support. You could say that I am very proud of you or that I am very happy to see you succeed. Avoid asking questions that are too personal or focusing on the negative aspects of your substance use.
Feeling alone in a room full of people is devastating to mental health and to your ability to connect with others. But when you give up alcohol, you create a starting point for new healthy relationships. Recovery spaces (online and in-person) are popping up everywhere. Finding a community of sober, like-minded people with whom to laugh, go to lunch, go hiking, or even set up Zoom rooms is within reach.
Your social circle will look different when you stop drinking, but the change is worth it. There are other ways in which substance use can cause anxiety and depression. When you have a fear of withdrawal and need to find some way to use drugs or alcohol every day, you may feel anxious until you can really meet that need. In addition, people with substance use disorders often feel a sense of hopelessness in the face of their addictions.
They see how addiction is hurting them and they want to quit smoking, but they can't. That constant sense of hopelessness can lead them to depression. People who live fuller lives aren't the richest people or the most famous people needed, but those who have the strongest connections with other people. While the inherent benefits of sobriety are life-changing, people who have spent years of their lives ruining relationships and self-harming often have a lot of work to do when they're finally sober.
While the process of discovering your passions and purpose is likely to continue for the rest of your life, the Design for Recovery sober living program is a great opportunity to start off on the right foot. Living sober gives you the structure and support you need to stay on track, while giving you the freedom to live your life without drugs or alcohol.