Alcoholic Recovery can be Lonely
Alcoholic recovery can be a very lonely experience. Especially in the first few years because you have to leave many friends behind. You cannot hang-out with your old drinking buddies. That will only lead to you taking a drink and blowing your sobriety. You have to stop going out at night to your old haunts, because no matter how you kid yourself, you will end up drinking. There is an old joke in AA circles, somewhat crude, I apologize in advance, ” That you don’t go to a whorehouse, to listen to the piano player.” Meaning you can’t go into the bars you used to frequent, it will only lead to you picking up a drink. You may get away with it one or two nights, but eventually you will find yourself on a full-blown binge drinking bender. And when that happens anything is possible. You can ruin your life in one night driving drunk and ending up in an accident. Or countless other things that can happen when you are drinking and it is out of control. And no matter how much you tell yourself you will control your drinking this time, in the end you won’t. You will end up in an alcoholic drinking binge.
Loneliness comes from changing your Life Habits
So what do you do with all those nights alone? Nights that you used to spend out on the town – drinking? You have to first of all just do your best and try and get used to the lonliness. Then there are other options you can try.
• Go to an AA Meeting at 8:00 pm in the evening
• Meet a few people in AA to go have coffee with or talk on the phone
• Find a hobby for late nights
• Take up reading.
• Surf the internet
• Watch Television
• Write a Journal
• Become a Movie Buff
• Get into Music
• Do Volunteer Work
• Go to the Gym and get in Shape
Eventually doing some of these activities will lead to meeting new people and making new friends. You have to change your night-time lifestyle. There is no other way around it. And, yes there will be lonely nights at home doing nothing. And you just have to get used to the feeling of being lonely. And not make it a negative. Realize you are changing your life for the better. You are not drinking!! You are not drinking! So whatever you decide to do with all the new time on your hands, it is better than drinking. Sometimes feeling lonely is just a part of finding sobriety. And a lonely night at home is better than a night out drunk and driving and getting arrested, and spending a lonely night in jail. Think about it ……
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