No Thank You: Simply saying “no thank you” is the simplest and most polite way to decline a drink or an offer to participate in taking a drug. You can leave after that or change the subject.
I’m Not Drinking Today: The truth is, you’re telling the truth. In recovery, you’re taking ti a day at a time. As each day passes you’re making the decision not to pick up and use or take a drink. So today isn’t the day, but you’re friends can ask tomorrow. Tomorrow probably won’t be the day either- or the day after that.
I’m Good:You are good now that you are in recovery. Things probably weren’t good for a long time while you were in your addiction. Now that you’re on the other side, things are looking up. You’re good. You’re better than you’ve been in a long time.
I’m Sober Now:Sometimes people persist and don’t understand how to take no for an answer when it comes to drugs and alcohol. You can tell them you’re sober now and not willing to complicate that.
I’m Driving:If you aren’t ready to go into the details, you can start by telling someone you’re the designated driver. You’re not really designated anymore, you just aren’t drinking. However, sometimes that is easier for others to understand instead of the fact that you just don’t drink or do drugs anymore.
It’s Better If I Don’t:You’ve learned what happens once you pick up that first drink or take that first hit of your favorite drugs. Some people will want to know what happens when you do and you can tell them it’s better for everyone that you don’t. You aren’t lying.
I’ve Committed To Sobriety:Sobriety doesn’t mean the same to everyone. Everyone can understand a commitment. Assert your new values to others by letting them know you’ve worked hard for this time sober and you aren’t giving it up.
It’s Not Good For Me: Many people give up drinking and drug use simply on principle of health. Drinking and doing drugs really isn’t good for you anymore, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You’re trying to live your life in a positive way.
I’m In Recovery Now:If it comes down to it, you can tell people about your recovery. For some, recovery has a deeper meaning than sobriety. It means you’re working hard to sort out things from your past, heal, and grow as a person.
No: “No” is an overlooked statement. It is a two letter sentence that doesn’t need anything to follow it. When no is the answer, the answer is no. Put your foot down and let people know it isn’t up for discussion.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, call Sound Recovery Solutions today. We are here to help you build a new way of living. For more information, call 561-666-7427.