How to Party without LSD

How to Party without LSD

Before you try to party, or live sober, make sure you have completed a treatment program

Life without drugs is full and fun. Recovery shows you that your health and happiness are more important than any negative social event. Begin your drug-free party. Begin by seeking professional addiction treatment. Professional treatment offers education and life skills. It provides a healthy, rewarding start to your sober life.  As the Texas Institute of Behavioral Research[1] explains, a recovery program, “is designed to help you expand your skills, confidence, and sources of support as you continue to work on maintaining recovery. The goal…is to help you build a strong foundation for recovery. This includes improving relationships with family and friends, taking advantage of community recovery groups, setting goals, and making a life for yourself beyond the drug scene.” Recovery involves no longer using LSD or other drugs, but it is about so much more than that. Treatment teaches you how to live a full and rewarding life. It shows that a sober life is more fun, is a better party, than a life of active addiction. Life without drugs or alcohol is more than a life without. Recovery gives you so much, while addiction will only take away.

Staying Sober by Not Partying

Before you try to party, or live sober, make sure you have completed a treatment program as mentioned above. Get the information and support you need to face challenging situations and potentially triggering events without relapsing. If you are still new to recovery, if these skills are still relatively unpracticed or you doubt your ability to use them outside of treatment, don’t be afraid to turn down party invitations. If you know drugs or alcohol will be present, avoidance is a completely acceptable relapse prevention strategy.

Go to Sober Parties

A life without LSD is a full and meaningful life. You don’t have to avoid parties or social situations forever. You can choose healthier social alternatives. Most large towns and cities have thriving sober communities. Look for drug-free events and parties. Some of these may even give directly back to the community. Local events often raise awareness and support recovery services. They may be followed by sober concerts, grill-outs and other opportunities for being social, having fun and staying away from potentially triggering situations. Local support group members may be more than willing to invite you out to group dinners, trips to the theater and smaller gatherings. If you can’t find events or the ones available don’t interest you, create your own fun. Call sober friends made in recovery and invite them to go to lunch or for a walk. Many people turn to LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs for “creativity.” Throw a party to show you can have fun, create art and express yourself without LSD. Invite friends over to paint or out to a painting, cooking or dancing class. Attend these by yourself if you don’t have a supportive, available social circle. These are great opportunities to make new friends with similar interests or passion in activities that don’t revolve around drug or alcohol use.

Go to Parties That Reward Sobriety

Many public events offer special opportunities for non-drinkers. For example many “beer fests” and other alcohol-based parties offer reduced admission prices for designated drivers. If you volunteer for this position, you help friends stay safe. You also have a ready and socially-approved reason to turn down drug and alcohol offers. You still get to go to a fun and social event, but many of the temptations to drink or relapse are removed for you.

Develop Refusal Strategies

You can’t always avoid parties where drugs or alcohol will be present. Family celebrations, important social occasions and even job-related events may feel mandatory. While drinking on the job is rarely acceptable, many companies hold after-hours events where alcohol and even drugs like LSD are present. The Journal of Applied Communication Research[2] explains, “Some professionals may feel an obligation to drink in order to build relationships and succeed professionally. This pressure could be especially troublesome for problem drinkers or recovering alcoholics.” The best option is to find a reason to not attend events where you will feel personal or professional pressure to drink or use drugs. If attending parties helps your career, deepens family bonds or otherwise benefits your life more than it may challenge your recovery, develop strategies for navigating drink offers. You never have to explain your choice to be sober, but if you choose to do so, the Journal offers a few suggestions for refusing drinks and drugs. You can offer the complete, or at least partial, truth about your recovery. You can also openly say you don’t drink or use drugs without giving a reason why. You can use humor to redirect or deflate pressure to use. You can offer health-based reasons not related to recovery. The important thing is to have a strategy in place before attending a party or event where LSD and other substances will be present.

Your treatment program will help you develop multiple plans for avoiding triggers, partying sober and having fun in recovery. Don’t wait to learn how you can begin a rewarding, healthy and drug-free life. Call a helpline like ours for support before, during and after addiction treatment. We are here 24 hours a day to help with intervention, admissions, aftercare and more. We can answer any questions you may have about recovery. All calls and phone services are free, so please reach out to us today.

[1] “Straight Ahead: Transition Skills for Recovery.” Texas Institute of Behavioral Research. Web. 13 Sep 2016.

[2] “An Examination of How Professionals Who Abstain from Alcohol Communicatively Negotiate Their Non-Drinking Identity.” Journal of Applied Communication Research. 2015. Web. 13 Sep 2016.