Joseph Livesey founded the Preston Temperance Society in 1833. Authoring a text called The Pledge, he wrote that for members of the temperance movement, “We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.” Teetotaler is the term given to those who choose abstinence instead of constant excess.
Today, teetotalism is a rarity as a voluntary choice, though many do choose not to drink. To those recovering from alcoholism, choosing not to drink out of preference rather than necessity is unimaginable. Whether or by choice or survival, not drinking alcohol is becoming…cool.
Millennials especially are taking on healthier lifestyles. While half the generation is partying, the other half are paying very special time and attention to improving their internal health. Sobriety, and abstaining from alcohol, is becoming a part of that trend.
The Guardian writes that bar crawls, day raves, dinner parties, dance parties, and social networking are all taking on a ‘sober’ label. Juice bars are signing up together to provide tantalizing experiences taking shots of carefully crafted juice concoctions, some of which can produce tingling effects. Many of these events are spiritually based, including scheduled “enlightentainment”.
Focused on authenticity and longevity, abstaining from alcohol is no longer an act of social tyranny. Instead, it is being celebrated as a progressive counter culture. In part, over consuming alcohol gets in the way of real life. Hangovers ruin an entire day and relationships based on drunken nights will hardly have the foundation to survive. This new movement is seeing alcohol as an unnecessary social accessory.
How Mainstream Sobriety Affects Your Recovery
It’s cool to be uncool. One of the common arguments about choosing to get sober and live a recovery based lifestyle is the fear of being left out of the party. For some, active using and drinking involved an identity wrapped up in a celebrated drinking lifestyle. Without the party, or the ability to drink again, some may feel that there’s no hope of fitting in again.
Shame and stigma surround alcoholism so thickly that this new uprising of mainstream sobriety could help. Organizing spiritual events appeasable to the masses could only be a good thing. Those who have walked the path of recovery know that a shot of wheatgrass and an ‘om’ tattoo aren’t really life changers. If the world can shift toward a more widely accepting view of sobriety, it could take the pressure off of alcoholism. That, is good news for everybody.
Sound Recovery Solutions encourages our men to embrace the sober lifestyle. We know first hand that life sober is not boring. By equipping our men with the life skills they need, they learn to live and enjoy life again. Call us today to learn more about our treatment programs for alcoholism and drug addiction.