Now that you have achieved your sobriety, there are a few other things that follow along with it. For a while you may try to keep the fact that your are no longer drinking under wraps, but eventually the truth is going to come out and you need to be ready for it. Telling your friends and family that you are no longer drinking may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. It is so often in instances such as these when we feel the need to have an explanation prepared, simply because not drinking seems to be something out of the norm, at least for us. However there are a number of people who go day to day without drinking. As hard as it may be, it is important not to overthink telling them too much or you will begin to automatically think the worst outcome is bound to happen.
Keep it Simple
You will probably find that after a couple trial and error runs, the easiest and best way to tell people you are no longer drinking is just that – you are not drinking. At times this can lead to people who further question you as to why. Some may even reminisce on previous times when you did drink and how enjoyable you were to be around. When people ask this make it clear, it may have been fun in that moment but it is just not who you are anymore. If they continue to question you it is probably best to walk away from the conversation at that moment and pick it back up at a later time.
In the midst of telling people, never let the conversation result in you questioning yourself and your decision to give up alcohol. If you begin feeling weak about your decision, think about how much more you are benefitting in sobriety in comparison. Your head is clearer, you are in touch with your emotions and you have found your true self again. Keep in mind that everyone’s inquisitive nature is falling back on the fact that they just do not understand and nothing more. The majority of people are just trying to better understand your new lifestyle, not put it down. Therefore, you have no reason to doubt your progress.
Real Relationships Revealed
You will come to see that your sobriety is a life lesson, and a difficult one at that. The realization may come that some of your “friends” were actually nothing more than drinking buddies, and now that you’ve quit there is not much left in the relationship. What it all comes down to is if this is your family and your true friends they will accept you no matter what. In fact, they may find comfort in that you are no longer drinking if it was something they saw as concerning. If it is anyone else who is against or holds doubt in your new life of sobriety then they were around for nothing other more than the party.
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