Right from the moment that the event started I realised it was going to be a tough recovery day for me. To be fair I didn’t actually know in advance (although I’m not sure it would have changed much to be honest) that there was going to be such a heavy focus on drinking. And who would? It was marketing conference after all!
I know you’ve probably been in situations like this before. This one specifically hit home though because at pretty much every chance the speakers had, they mentioned the cocktail hour and the fact that it was national gin and tonic day (yes it’s a real thing and yes it is as stupid as it sounds).
As the event concluded officially and moved into the networking section there it was. Again. Alcoholic drinks. Tons of them. But you know what? It didn’t phase me. A few years ago it probably would have. And who knows, I might have really felt the urge to break my sobriety.
After so long of being sober though I’m fast approaching a time where I’ll have been more years sober than not. And I’m not ruining that. Never again.
This event though really reminded me that it’s not really your fault. The absolutely crappy thing about this society right now is how much alcohol is literally shoved into your face.
With the event I walked out and there were waiters handing drinks out every step of the way along the conference hall! I could have downed 10 drinks in 3 minutes easily. And that’s part of the problem. The system is designed to entrap you in this legal drug. That’s not cool.
For me, being in and around these types of environments a lot has meant I’ve had to perfect my “no” game. I’ve had to get so amazingly good about not giving a shit and saying “no thanks”.
When you get good at saying “no” and protecting your sobriety, amazing things start to happen. First off you feel immensely better about your decision making abilities. It’s kind of like a boost of confidence in a way.
Second, you start to notice how much it’s shoved in your face. I have to warn you – it does get annoying! But the better you get at it, the thicker your skin gets.
Third, you hold the power with the “no” and it shocks people. People around you begin to act differently now that you’re actively in control of your sobriety. I think that’s one the things I’m most proud of with our alcohol sobriety course on Udemy.
We don’t teach you how to say “no thanks” because it’s something you have to learn to do, on your own. But we do have a course module on “Integrating Back Into Society” (lecture 22) which will really help you.
Look, I don’t profess not to be in situations that threaten my sobriety but I want you to have the tools you need to be successful in those situations. That’s why I’m offering our Stop Drinking Alcohol Course for $20 right now and also throwing in any one of our other courses for FREE. All you have to do is click here and buy the course via Udemy then send me an email/message to let me know what other course you want of ours for free.
At the end of the day, I’m going to wake up tomorrow feeling great and healthy. I hope you will join me.