Becoming sober is an extraordinary accomplishment; however, the transition to a sober lifestyle can feel overwhelming. Addiction and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) can become all-consuming in people's lives and when they choose to get treatment for their chronic disease, they must abandon old behaviors to embrace a new way of living.
Becoming sober requires a change in many different parts of an individual’s life. What was once the norm may no longer serve them in this new chapter. For example, knowing what to order at a company dinner may now feel daunting, or having to fall asleep without alcohol can feel debilitating; knowing what to substitute in place of alcohol must be relearned.
Fortunately, there are many alternatives to alcohol that can be consumed without some of the effects drinking alcohol can entail. Choosing these alternatives can improve both your physical and mental health and help you not feel unfulfilled without alcohol in your life.