Could The Pub With No Alcohol Be The Answer For Recovering Addicts?
The development of pubs with no alcohol has been a solution suggested by a number of people, from a therapist who works with recovering addicts, to former Coronation Street actor Kevin Kennedy . It’s definitely a great idea for a place to go out to for the night for people who have had problems with alcohol – one of the most important ways of avoiding triggers and cravings according to www.recovery.org is staying away from places where alcohol use is prominent.
A Change of Scene
Anybody who drinks very little or does not drink at all (and even people who do drink) will be familiar with the social pressure placed upon them to consume alcohol. Alcohol is often viewed as something necessary in order to have a good time and become fully immersed in a social setting, but this is simply not true. Pubs and bars with no alcohol could be a breath of fresh air for non-drinkers and recovering alcoholics alike, offering a way of spending time with friends for a night out minus the presence of alcohol and the peer pressure that comes with it. Tee-totals can meet like-minded people who have chosen to refrain from alcohol for whatever reason.
A Safe Haven for Addicts
Alcohol-free pubs could help recovering addicts to build their confidence after a lifestyle in which they relied on alcohol. They can build stronger social networks based on things other than alcohol, and enjoy the company of others without the lure of temptation. Relearning how to chat with other people and enjoy oneself in a social environment without the loss of inhibitions that alcohol provides would be a fantastic way for recovering addicts to gain confidence. Pubs with no alcohol also do not evoke the same emotions and habitual behaviours as a regular pub would, becoming a safe haven per se.
As a shared space for people in recovery, people can share their tips for staying sober, as well as recommending support services and groups whilst offering their own support. Furthermore, recovering addicts who have had to give up their job or lost their job may be able to learn about different voluntary work opportunities to get them back onto the road of employment.
I’m no expert, but there are many ways in which pubs with no alcohol are beneficial to society. I believe that they could be a very useful part of the process for recovering addicts.
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