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Socializing without alcohol
If you have randomly read my other posts on other boards, my DH has recently quit drinking and is trying to achieve sobriety. He is trying really hard. At this point in his sobriety (a week and a half now), it is still very new, challenging, difficult, and he is very vulnerable and weak with alcohol temptations.
It just seems like ANY plans/events either revolve around alcohol or have it included. We don't want our social life with friends to dwindle and fade away. We want friends and to do stuff on the weekends! But, like Superbowl Sunday...we were invited to three different friends' homes, and there will of course be alcohol. What do we do? Try to go and subject him to all of his friends drinking beer after beer? Or at this weak time, just stay home?
Another example...St. Patrick's Day. We will most likely not go to our annual St. Patrick's Day party that our friends plan, because its just bar hopping.
Any recommendations on how to keep our social life with our friends who like to drink? I know they will understand, but, I just forsee us slowly not being included in certain parties and events.
My DH is (was) going to be invited to two bachelor parties this summer...we were just talking about how it will literally just be crazy guys boozing all day long. What would you recommend for these parties? Should he go?
We are of course new to this sober living, and nervous. I just want my DH to be included in things with his friends, and I want us as a couple to be included with our couple-friends.
Sorry for the rant. Any advice?