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The “I’m No Fun Without Alcohol” Myth

I'm no fun without alcohol

Why Alcohol Use Gets Connected with Recreation and Fun

“I’m no fun without alcohol.” Sound familiar? This may have been what the voice in your head said when you were first thinking about quitting drinking. It may also come back to you in early recovery when you take the first tentative steps back into building a social life for yourself as a sober individual.

It is not true, of course, that drinking makes us more fun to be around. In fact, it is usually the opposite. Have you ever spent time with a drunk person when you are sober? Drinking does not make you fun, it makes you loud, clumsy, and obnoxious to be around. So why, as Americans, do we continue to believe the myth that drinking makes you fun?

Drinking at social events is part of our culture. Many people believe you cannot socialize without having drinks, but when you ask yourself why that is, there is no good answer. It is just “how it is,” which is never a good reason to continue doing something, especially if you want to make a change.

Debunking the “I’m No Fun Without Alcohol” Myth

The I’m no fun without alcohol myth may stem from another common myth: that alcohol reduces anxiety. Some people believe that having a drink will reduce their stress, likely from seeing people taking shots or grabbing a beer when they experience stress in memes, TV, and movies, which may lead people with social anxiety to believe that they are better socializers when they do not feel nervous.

What alcohol does is lowers your inhibitions, and may give you a slight sense of euphoria, while increasing your risk of acting out in violence or engaging in risky activities. It can make you act in ways you may regret, and if you are drinking to avoid social anxiety, you are actually reinforcing the idea within yourself that people will not like the real you.

Some friend groups only get together when drinking is involved, and they may feel afraid to try spending time with each other sober, worrying about whether they will still like each other as they truly are. This says a lot about each person’s self-confidence, and the belief that their own value comes from what others think.

The confidence you think you are feeling when you drink is not coming from the alcohol, it is coming from within yourself. While some people may believe that partying without drinking is awkward, in reality, as long as you remind yourself you are out to spend time with people and not just to get drunk, you will still have a good time.

You will not become boring if you don’t drink, nor will you be the only one not drinking. When you go out sober, you will notice that not everybody is drunk. There are always other individuals who are sober, whether they are in recovery, the designated driver, or a pregnant person who you did not notice due to intoxication in the past. Partying does not always have to include drugs and alcohol. It is a state of mind more than anything, and if you truly enjoy the company you keep, and the atmosphere where you are, you will not need to take a shot or chug a beer to have fun.

Recovery is a process that lasts a lifetime.

How Quitting Drinking Makes Life Better for People in Recovery

Being addicted to alcohol can take a heavy toll on you, as well as the people around you. When you quit drinking your life will become better in many ways, such as:

  • Your health will improve. The brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and stomach are all affected by alcohol, and drinking also increases your risk of developing several types of cancer
  • Your mental health will improve, as will your self-confidence and overall self-image
  • You will be better able to maintain a healthy body weight and your skin will look better
  • You will take fewer dangerous risks, and will likely be involved in fewer violent altercations and accidents
  • You will have fewer bouts of indigestion and other stomach issues
  • You will get sick less often, as the immune system is affected by drinking
  • You will be able to get to know your true and authentic self
  • You will sleep better and your overall mood will improve
  • Your body will be better hydrated
  • You will save money
  • Your sex life may improve
  • You will be more creative
  • You will perform better at work
  • Your memory will improve and you will have a sharper wit when around other people, giving you the edge during social events
  • Your relationships with loved ones will deepen, and you will be better equipped to nurture true friendships

Get Help with Alcohol Addiction at Magnolia Recovery of LA

If you have found yourself thinking “I’m no fun without alcohol,” it may be time to think about addiction treatment. At Magnolia Recovery of Los Angeles, we offer inpatient medical detox services, as well as residential rehab programs that are safe, and they work. Our programs are inclusive, as we believe that everybody, regardless of gender, race, sexual preference, age, religion, or lifestyle choice should be able to access the help and care they need to live a healthier life free from the grip of alcohol.

Quitting drinking is not easy, especially if you have been drinking large quantities of alcohol or if you have been drinking for a long time. At Magnolia, our detox programs will keep you safe from dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures and delirium tremens, with 24-hour medical oversight and care available day and night, and you will be kept comfortable and free from cravings, pain, nausea, and other ill effects that come with quitting drinking.

Once you are ready to move forward in treatment, you will continue on into a 30- to 90-day rehab program, sleeping in comfortable private or semi-private rooms inside our facility, with full days scheduled with treatments, programs, therapy, health care, and more, helping you ingrain healthy habits into your everyday routine as you heal the underlying causes of addiction and gain useful relapse prevention techniques. Some of the treatments and programs you can expect at Magnolia include:

  • Dual diagnosis programs for co-occurring mental health issues
  • Pain management services
  • Health-related education
  • Therapeutic counseling
  • Medication-assisted treatment programs
  • Holistic healing programs with yoga, meditation, and mindfulness
  • Aftercare planning services
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Nutrition and exercise programs including a pool for leisure and fitness activities
  • Art therapy and music therapy
  • Family system treatments
  • Weekly off-site outings, including trips to recovery-based meetings in the community
  • Connections to our active alumni group and aftercare treatments

With this combination of evidence-based scientific treatments and holistic care provided within our safe and nurturing environment, you will be provided with effective treatments that work. Your program will be tailored to your unique needs as an individual, and provided by addiction experts, doctors, clinicians, therapists, counselors, and other treatment providers who truly believe in what they do and want to help you.

Please contact us at (747) 307-6948 if you are ready to stop drinking, or if you want to learn more about the types of treatments we have to offer. We answer the phones 24 hours a day, and we are here to answer any questions you may have about treatments for alcohol use disorder that are available to you at Magnolia Recovery.

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