When we first get sober, a lot of times, we wonder how we are actually going to meet people and make sober friends. When I first stopped drinking, I had to really reevaluate the people I was hanging around. Most of my friends were drinking buddies. I would go to bars with them or parties. I didn’t know how or where to be social without drinking. Over the course of my sobriety, though, I learned where to meet people in a non-drinking environment:
1. Book Groups
There are a ton of different book groups that you can find either online or in person. No matter what you like to read, you will easily be able to find a book group that applies. Discussing your favorite books with an interesting group of people is such a wonderful thing to do.
2. Churches/Spiritual Communities
Churches and spiritual communities are a great place to meet people in non-drinking environments. They are always having events, and it’s usually easy to meet people in these environments because they are so friendly and welcoming.
3. Support Groups/Meetings
Support groups and meetings are a great place to meet other people in recovery. I would say that be careful hanging around people at these meetings that are brand new in their recovery if you are also brand new in yours.
4. Doing Volunteer Work
Helping other people is a great thing to do. Not only will you be of service to those who need you, but it’s an excellent way to meet the people who also share your passion for helping others.
5. Fitness Classes
Going to a zumba class, a water aerobics class, a kickboxing class, or a hiking group is rewarding and fun. Not only will you meet other fun and active people, but you will get into really good shape.
6. Artistic Events and Classes
You could try a writing group, a painting class, or guitar lessons. You could join a group that goes to see plays or films. There are a million ways to experience, share, and create art with others.
7. Coffee Shops
Meeting people in coffee shops is kind of like meeting people in bars except you don’t have to drink. There’s still the element of talking to strangers and meeting all different sorts of people.
Meetup.com is a great website where there are tons of different groups who get together for all sorts of reasons. Take a look at your area and see what you can find.