Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sober tailgate tips

When Fall comes around, so does sports season and the tradition of tailgating.

When most people think of tailgating they think of alcohol. 82 percent of tailgaters reported having two or more drinks at the big game. Whether it’s chugging a keg or making cocktails, there’s no doubting that alcohol is an integral part of the tailgating tradition. But that doesn’t mean that tailgating can’t be enjoyed just as much when you’re sober.

Sober Tailgating is Easy and Fun!

Sober tailgating may be a new phenomenon for most people, but it’s one that allows you to enjoy the spirit of the game and the festivities without a drink in hand. Below are ten amazing tips for a great sober tailgate. Whether you’re hosting the tailgate yourself or you’re a guest at someone else’s, remember that alcohol isn’t necessary to enjoy the company of your friends and a great ball game. With these tips, staying sober at tailgate is easier than ever.


Published on Monday, 11 September 2017

It is estimated that between 75 and 90 percent of Americans have cell phones. The numbers are increasing each year, with plenty of young children being granted cell phones each year as well.

Now, in and of itself, this is not an issue, but it does become an issue when someone becomes addicted to their cell phone.

Just look around whenever you're out in public. You'll see a good number of people staring at their cell phones. Some are texting, some are scrolling social media sites, or doing something with their cell phone. Oftentimes, you'll see a family out for dinner and each family member is fiddling with their cell phone. No one is talking to each other; they're simply lost in the cell phone world.

Cell phone addiction is very common. One study suggested that about 67% of people habitually check their phone even, when they don't hear it ring or vibrate. It can simply become a habit and perhaps a compulsion to check your phone every few minutes.

 

Am I addicted to my cell phone?

Though cell phone addiction is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders yet, it may very well be in the future. Are you addicted to your cell phone? Here are some signs that you may be:


Published on Monday, 04 September 2017

A sober date without alcohol

Sober dating without alcohol doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. There are plenty of booze-free date options out there if you use your imagination and a little creativity.

Whether you’re on an alcohol hiatus, are in recovery, have been sober for years, or are new to the game, dating without alcohol can be even more fun than going out with a drink in hand.

There are many misconceptions about alcohol-free dating. It may seem like most people on the dating scene aren’t sober, but in reality nearly one-third of Americans are completely sober and another third consume less than one alcoholic drink per week. If you have hesitations about sober dating, you’re not alone in the game.

Why You Don’t Need Alcohol to Have Fun on a Sober Date

With 30 percent of the country sober it’s not hard to find someone who would be willing to go on an alcohol free date with you. If you’ve ever attended a sober event, like a party, a meetup, or even a group therapy session, you know that drinking alcohol and having fun are not always linked.

When it comes to dating without alcohol, there are plenty of ways to have a great time with your significant other. Whether it’s a first date or fiftieth, having fun without drinking is easy to do. Plus, without alcohol inhibiting your motor skills you’re less likely to make a fool of yourself in front of your date, say something embarrassing, or do something you would regret the next morning.

An alcohol free date can give you the opportunity to genuinely connect and get to know the other person you’re with on a deeper level. Below are 20 sober date ideas that you can easily pull off at a moment’s notice while having fun without a drink in sight.


Published on Monday, 28 August 2017

Football on a field

Whether you're a college or professional football fan, you probably start getting very excited for football season well in advance of kick off day.

College students and adults alike anticipate the first game of each football season with an eager expectation for some good, competitive football.

But if you're in recovery, you may have mixed feelings about the upcoming football season. If this is your first football season where your intention is to stay sober and clean, you may have some reservations. After all, you've probably spent a good deal of time at tailgate parties and hanging out with the buddies having some brewskies while watching the game. To think about not drinking at all during the football season may bring on some anxiety and may even cause you to feel a bit sad. 

Rest assured that it is possible to stay sober during the football season. It may require some planning and some sort of support network, but you can continue your recovery and have an excellent time watching all of the games. 

Today let's look at how you can tackle the upcoming football season while in recovery.


Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Friends spending sober time together

Coming out of rehab can sometimes feel a bit frightening, as you begin a new journey navigating life sober.

You may be dealing with some anxiety over facing life without leaning on any substances to cope. Rest assured that such anxiety is quite normal among those who are leaving rehab, but good news is that you don’t have to navigate life alone.

As you probably know, addiction impacts more than just the addict. Families and friends oftentimes get the brunt of the addict’s behaviors, and this doesn’t always go over well. In fact, many bridges are burned throughout the addict’s using days.

However, heading off to rehab to get sober or clean offers you a new lease on life, as well as a chance to think about reconnecting with some of those old friends. Maybe you’ve lost touch with your old friends’ due to your addiction. Or perhaps you said or did something that caused them to stop communicating with you. Either way, there’s fresh opportunity to reach out to your old friends and begin building a healthy bridge.


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