If you are living with a recovering alcoholic or have a friend who recently entered recovery for alcohol addiction, you may wonder if it’s okay to have a drink in front of them. While alcohol is a large part of our everyday lives, it can be extremely triggering for those who recently entered or completed rehabilitation services. By educating yourself and talking to your loved one, you can effectively support them on their journey toward sobriety.
Be Direct but Not Confrontational
The only way to know how your friend or loved one feels about people drinking in front of them is to ask. Most individuals in recovery will appreciate your consideration, but there is a line between asking politely and confronting your loved one. Try to ask your question in a direct but casual manner. While the way you ask will vary depending on your current relationship dynamic, most cases will involve asking the question, accepting the answer and making a plan for the future.
Know the Difference Between Early and Long-Term Recovery
Along with asking if it’s okay to drink in front of your sober friends, it’s also essential to understand whether they are in early or long-term recovery.
Early recovery means that the individual has just entered treatment or recently completed a treatment program. If you are around someone who has recently started or finished recovery, it is rarely okay to drink in front of them or even have alcohol present. Alcohol will always be a trigger for those in recovery, and it is significantly more triggering for those who recently started or ended treatment.
While alcohol is less triggering for individuals in long-term recovery, you should only consider drinking in front of an individual if they have a solid recovery foundation. Long-term recovery is not directly related to how many years of sobriety an individual has under their belt. Only the individual in recovery can determine if they are comfortable enough to be around alcohol without feeling triggered.
Show Your Support
Recovering from alcohol misuse when your family still drinks can make sobriety more challenging. Unless drinking is an integral aspect of your event, it’s best to avoid alcohol in front of your newly sober loved one. Not drinking will show your support and help prevent your friend or family member from feeling socially isolated by remaining sober throughout the event.
Seek Support at Crest View Recovery Center
If you or someone you love is suffering from alcohol abuse, you’re not alone. Crest View Recovery Center is a safe haven for individuals looking for a sober, happier life. Our team combines expertise and education to provide high-quality, compassionate care. Contact us today by calling us at 866-986-1371 or completing our contact form to learn more about our treatment options at our Asheville, North Carolina, center.