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What Should You Do When You Feel Pressured to Drink Alcohol?

Unlike other substances, alcohol is widely accepted in society. For people struggling with alcohol use disorder, this acceptance can lead to uncomfortable situations and potentially endanger their recovery. Fortunately, there are lots of smart strategies you can utilize to help you avoid pressure and remain on the right track.

Know What You’re Up Against

You may encounter situations where a friend or loved one directly pressures you to drink alcohol. In other cases, you may find yourself wanting to join in with others who are drinking without being directly pressured. Both situations can be challenging to navigate, but being able to differentiate between them can help you develop specific coping strategies to handle them successfully.

Have a Plan in Place

Once you’ve determined the type of situation you’re facing, develop a plan ahead of time. For example, if you’re attending an event with a person who’s pressured you to consume alcohol in the past, think about some things you can say when refusing a drink. Be firm in your refusals but refrain from providing more information than you’re comfortable with or engaging in conflict, as doing so can needlessly increase stress and anxiety.

Avoid Certain Situations

In some cases, it’s best to remove yourself from the situation. If an event is being held at a bar or another place where alcohol is readily available, avoiding pressure may be far more difficult. This is often true in the beginning of a person’s recovery, which can be a challenging time as you work to build up your defenses and coping mechanisms.

Seek Out Support from Others

Peer support is an essential aspect of recovery. Having someone you can depend on who also understands the struggles of alcohol use disorder can help you remain steadfast in your recovery. If possible, ask this person to accompany you to events and gatherings where alcohol will be available. You can also contact the person before the event to fortify your sobriety.

Based in Albuquerque, Duke City Recovery Toolbox can help you develop strategies to avoid pressure related to the consumption of drugs and alcohol. Along with our multi-faceted addiction recovery services, we also help patients access kind and caring peer support specialists. Contact us today to learn more or call (505) 224-9777 to schedule an intake appointment.