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It is up to you if you want to disclose your recovery to new acquaintances, but you do not owe anyone an explanation as to why you do not drink, and most people who would make positive friends will respect your choice of sober living no matter what.Another great way to meet people, or to share time with sober friends is to travel.
A good stiff drink should help to take the edge off, right?
And dating — to say nothing of hooking up — was really hard and a bit awkward at first, without the social lubrication of liquor.
(There were a few nights of recidivism.)But I've come to prefer getting-to-know-you sobreity, after years of practice.
You're out for the first time with someone you met through Ok Cupid, or maybe while in line at your favorite coffee shop, the place where you grab a latte every morning.
You're both at a local bar — a natural setting for a first date.
Put yourself in situations where you are more likely to start conversations with new people — such as by taking a class or volunteering — and your chances of finding like-minded friends will increase.