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Socialize without Substances

How are you going to Socialize without Substances?

Only you can determine whether or not you’re strong enough in your recovery to socialize at events where alcohol or other drugs are prevalent. If you decide to navigate these waters, think about what your safety net might be. Here are some ideas that have worked for other students:

  • Bring a friend who will be supportive if you begin to question your commitment to sobriety.
  • Be ready to call a friend or sponsor for help.
  • Decide what you are comfortable with - are you OK socializing with moderate drinkers but not with heavy drinkers? Are you comfortable being around other substances?
  • Decide in advance when you might need to leave a party. Have an exit strategy - tell people you have to leave at a certain time to study, meet up with someone, etc.

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