If you are a recovering alcoholic or know someone who is, this article is for you.
Recovering from an alcohol problem presents its challenges because it’s almost impossible to get away from alcohol entirely. Eventually, you are most likely going to face a situation where you will be around alcohol or those who are drinking.
If you feel like isolating yourself, you’re not alone. Some recovering alcoholics end up staying away for social events because they aren’t ready to be around booze.
Unfortunately, isolating yourself from others can have its consequences. It leaves more time for you to be alone with your thoughts and doesn’t give you the opportunity to form healthy relationships.
But there is some good news on the horizon.
Juice Crawls are the New Bar Crawls
A recent article posted by The Guardian discusses “juice crawls,” which are events where participants hop to several different shops and sample various flavors of juice. The juice is served in 2 oz plastic cups and has names like Purple Rain and Dr. Feelgood.
Juice crawls are popping up all over major US cities to accommodate a growing number of young people who are choosing not to drink.
You may assume that these young people are recovering addicts, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Some are not drinkers at all, and some are looking to cut back.
In addition to juice crawls, there are also boozeless dinner and dance parties, alcohol-free bars, sober day raves and even a sober social network called Shine.
Shine is also responsible for coordinating alcohol-free events. One booze-free event of theirs included food, water and Australian flower essences, meditation and enlightening entertainment.
Why More Young People are Choosing Not to Drink
So why are more young people choosing to be sober?
Some of the reasons cited include:
- To form real, authentic relationships
- More appreciation for the day they have been given
- No ill effects suffered the next day
- No regret for saying or doing things under the influence
- Healthier lifestyle
- More motivation to focus on their goals
- No distraction from alcohol
- To practice mindfulness
The journey to recovery can feel lonely sometimes. But do remember that there are many people out there who don’t want alcohol to be a part of their life.
To learn more about juice crawls in your area, search Google with your city name. Or check out JuiceCrawl.com and join the community of sober friends!
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