Developing sober friendships is an important part of sobriety. It can be difficult to find people in the same position as you, but it’s not impossible. In this post, we will go over some ways that you can make friends with other sober people and create a support system for yourself.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
One of the most popular places for recovering alcoholics to meet each other is at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. These are held in almost every town, so they can be a great way to find sober friends near you. Many people who attend these meetings have been through similar struggles with addiction and sobriety, so they will understand what you are going through.
These meetings are also a great place for support and accountability to help you stay sober. You will be surrounded by people who have been where you are and can provide support when the urge to use drugs or alcohol hits.
Alternative meeting groups
If you can’t find AA meetings in your area or do not feel like they are the right place for you, there may be alternative meeting groups that will suit your needs. These could include SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, Women For Sobriety (WFS), and Moderation Management.
Get involved with other activities
Depending on where you live, there are almost certainly plenty of sober-friendly activities that you can get involved with. This could be anything from volunteering to joining a gym, sports league, or other social clubs.
By getting out of the house and doing things that are not drinking-related, you will meet more people who aren’t heavy drinkers like yourself. You might start spending time with these new people and develop friendships that don’t involve drinking.
Find friends on social media sites
As with most things in life, technology can be a great way to meet like-minded individuals who are also trying to stay sober. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some other site, there are plenty of sober communities online.
Reddit is also a great resource for finding sober friends online. Look for local subreddits that interest you and see who’s talking about these topics. You might find some people in your area or with similar interests to yours, which could lead to cultivating sober friendships outside of social media.
Use new applications
As a recovering alcoholic in this day and age, one of the best things you can do is be active on new networking apps. Apps like Sober Grid, Clean Fun Network, and others can be a great way to find sober friends nearby. These applications allow you to locate other people who are close by and want to engage in sober-friendly activities with others.
Meetup is another website that can help you find groups of like-minded individuals near your location. Check this site regularly for new events, classes, meetups, etc.
Find non-alcoholic events in your area
If you live in a city (or close to one), there are probably plenty of events in your area that don’t involve drinking, so you should be able to find something enjoyable to attend. Look for local festivals, fairs, performances, and other activities that might interest you.
Service has always been a big part of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and it can also be a great way to meet sober people in your community. Many local organizations accept volunteers, so you could find something that allows you to interact with new people who share similar goals and interests as yourself.
There are many ways to make friends while staying sober, and some of these options will work better for certain people than others. The key is finding the right place where other recovering alcoholics can connect with each other and create lasting relationships that support sobriety.