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Published on Nov 10, 2014 | Drug & Alcohol Recovery

After going through treatment, getting a sponsor, and working steps, we have the tools to stay sober for good. But now we have to live life on life’s terms. Guess what? Life can be tough! That’s where theses seven sober life hacks come in.

1) Get a Nonalcoholic Drink

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We didn’t get sober to be boring…we’re not a glum lot! What do we do if we’re at a party, bar, or somewhere else and someone won’t stop pestering us to drink? Simple. We use this sober life hack.

This one’s kind of obvious, but still important. Get a Shirley Temple, Roy Rodgers, or some other drink named after an actor! Get a lime and tonic water. No one will know they’re nonalcoholic.

More importantly, no one’s going to pester you to drink if you already have one in your hand.

2) Say You’re Allergic to Alcohol

The best part about this sober life hack is that it’s the truth! We are allergic to alcohol…just not in the way most people think of allergies.

If someone asks you to drink and you say you’re allergic, chances are they won’t ask again.

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3) Learn if Someone Likes You

So, you’re at a party with your Roy Rodgers and you notice this cutie across the room. He, or she, is eyeballing you, but you don’t have the liquid courage of alcohol! What do you do?

Simple. You try out this sober life hack. Walk over to them and start a conversation. Then fold your arms, play with your hair, adjust your glasses, or any type of other nonverbal communication.

Watch what the person does. If they mimic you, chances are they’re interested. That’s because they’re subconsciously paying close attention to you and are following your social cues.

4) Make Anyone Like You

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If you’ve followed these sober life hacks up to now, you’re probably talking to a cutie and having a great time. But what happens if the cutie doesn’t follow your nonverbal cues? What happens if they’re not interested?

Well, you go home and pray and meditate! If you want to try something before this, though, you simply repeat the cutie’s name and nod frequently.

This shows you’re interested in what they’re saying and makes you appear welcoming and friendly. It may subconsciously make the other person nod, which also boosts their mood.

Last but not least, this sober life hack helps you remember their name!

5) How to Calm Anyone Down

There’s this little thing called emotional sobriety. It’s all about being spirituality fit and emotionally balanced.

That’s pretty tough, though. After all, interacting with people, places, and things on a daily basis can stress anyone out. So, how do we keep our cool, even when someone else is losing it?

Let’s say we’re at the party and some guy has too much to drink. He rips his shirt off, starts yelling, and tries to fight you. What do you do?

This sober life hack’s as simple as moving a few feet away. When someone’s angry, stand next to, rather than in front of, them. This way you won’t appear to be a threat or continue to get them riled up.

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6) Asking for Help

After we’ve been sober for a little while, our ego can come roaring back. Ego, along with a ton of other character defects, often makes it hard to ask for help. This is especially true if we’re asking a nonalcoholic for help!

Want to know how to ask for help and then get the help? It’s simple. Say, “I need help.” It isn’t fun, but it works. It’ll humble you and no one’s going to respond to a plea for help with negativity.

7) Trust in God and Help Others!

Duh! This is last, but certainly not least. In fact, this is 100% the most important sober life hack on the list.

If we live our lives upon spiritual principals, everything else seems to fall into place. This isn’t always true, but by and large it is.

So, pray and meditate. Then go out in the world and help others. We don’t need any other sober life hacks.

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Lighthouse Editorial Team. "7 Sober Life Hacks." Lighthouse Recovery Institute., Published on Nov 10, 2014, https://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com/7-sober-life-hacks/.


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