I’m writing this post in honour of a gorgeous new sober friend of mine. There are lovely sober folk all over the world – and my latest companion came all the way from the US to find me. He’s called a Sobear and he’s a great gift for the sober person in your life.
If you’d like a Sobear yourself, or would like to get one as a present to mark a recovery birthday, or just to help someone celebrate the sober lifestyle, you can order one here. A proportion of proceeds from the bears will be donated to help people find, and keep, recovery. Your gift will help fund alcohol and drug recovery programs and substance misuse research.
So, what if you don’t have a gorgeous bear like this and want to make some new sober friends?
Here are my top 5 places to meet people who may be more interested in enjoying themselves without drinking.
1. Fellowships: Obviously Fellowship groups can put you in touch with many sober people. Whether or not you choose to follow the whole program or not, you can always find supportive, sober people at AA, NA and the like.
2. Spiritual groups: Many spiritual groups are so focused on personal and emotional development that drinking doesn’t really come into it. You can usually find lovely people there who may actually be on a similar path to you.
3. Sports clubs: If people really take their sport seriously, they may have a fitness regime that doesn’t involve drinking. Look for sports that require discipline and a healthy body, such as Martial Arts, athletics, and swimming.
4. Coffee shops: Lots of people who don’t drink prefer to visit coffee houses with their friends than go to the bar. Find your local coffee hotspot and hang out there.
5. Volunteer centres: Volunteering is a great way to spend your time, and you usually meet lots of lovely people as well. Most volunteering will require that people don’t drink on placement, especially if you’re on the frontline helping other people. Volunteering is quite common in people in the process of rebuilding their lives in some way, so don’t be surprised if there are other people in recovery there too.