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Sober Activities with Friends: Tips and Ideas to Try

Sober Activities with Friends: Tips and Ideas to Try

Some ideas to add more variety to your life.

As the saying goes, "Variety is the spice of life." Drinking represents a fun social activity, but it's reasonable to want to try sober activities or adventures with your friends too. 

Suggest Fun Activities

For ideas, think about some of your current hobbies -- or about what you enjoyed doing in the past. Can you turn some of your passions or interests into a group activity? 

Ask your friends about what they like to do too. For example, you can all plan a day-trip to explore a nearby town, play a game of soccer or Frisbee in a park, or get the whole group together to try horseback riding. 

Choose Not to Drink When With Your Friends

Some new activities can easily involve drinking -- such as bowling, hanging out at the beach, or getting together for a trivia night. If your friends want to drink but you don't, you can still have fun without alcohol. 

If you struggle with pacing yourself or saying no to a drink when everyone else has one, consider talking to a healthcare provider about Naltrexone, a medication you can take before drinking to curb your cravings. 

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Meet New People

If you need a change of scene and your current friends don't seem interested in trying something new, you can venture out on your own to meet new people. Sign up for an exciting group class, join a club, or become a volunteer.

Once you meet people you get along with, invite them to hang out. Whether or not your socialization includes drinks at that point is entirely up to you. 

If you feel like drinking helps you cope with social anxiety and worry that meeting new people could prove difficult without alcohol, Confidant can help. 

This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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