Surviving the Big Game Sober
I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a recent interview I did with Damon Frank. In the interview, we discussed the challenges of attending sports events sober and how to navigate social situations where alcohol is a central part of the experience. This is a valuable conversation for anyone in recovery or supporting someone in recovery, as sports and social events are often closely tied to alcohol consumption. In our discussion, we shared personal experiences and strategies for staying sober while still enjoying sports and social events.
The interview is centered around the challenges of attending sporting events and parties while in recovery and how to still enjoy the experience without alcohol. Damon and I discussed how sports and alcohol had been heavily associated with each other, from sports commercials to team celebrations, and how this can make navigating these events difficult for those in recovery.
Some key takeaways from the interview include:
- The importance of preparation before attending a sporting event or party. This includes bringing your own drinks and snacks, rehearsing what you will say if someone asks why you aren’t drinking, and having a support system in place to call if needed.
- It’s okay to say no to an event if you feel it may jeopardize your sobriety. Your recovery should always come first.
- Learning to feel and process emotions without using alcohol as a coping mechanism is crucial for successful recovery.
One quote from Damon that really resonated with me was, “It’s now living without alcohol, not living without alcohol.” It’s about shifting your mindset and focusing on the positive aspects of life without alcohol, rather than feeling like you’re missing out on something.
For those interested, Damon mentions Recovered Life as a great resource for those seeking recovery. They offer peer support meetings, direct access to recovery coaches, and a community of like-minded individuals pursuing a sober lifestyle.
Overall, I think this interview is a must-watch for anyone in recovery who loves sports or attends social events. It provides practical tips and a supportive message for navigating these situations without alcohol.
And now, here are some FAQs:
Q: What is the interview about? A: The interview is about how to attend sporting events and parties while in recovery and still enjoy the experience without alcohol.
Q: Who is involved in the interview? A: The interview is between Recovery Coach Damon Frank and Jeff Graham.
Q: What are some key takeaways from the interview? A: Key takeaways include the importance of preparation, learning to feel and process emotions without using alcohol, and putting your recovery first.
Q: What is Recovered Life? A: Recovered Life is a peer support network that offers direct access to recovery coaches, community, and quality peer support meetings that can be accessed virtually.
Q: Why is this interview valuable? A: This interview provides practical tips and a supportive message for those in recovery who love sports or attend social events, making it a must-watch for those seeking to navigate these situations without alcohol.