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No matter how old we are, peer pressure can still have incredible influence over our lives. Our friends put pressure on us, and we do it back to them. It can be pressure to have a piece of cake when we’re trying to eat better, pressure to stay out one more hour even though you have work the next day, or pressure to drink alcohol when you’re trying to stay sober.
‘Tis the season to get all dolled up and attend the requisite end-of-year work holiday party!
Depending on your job, this can mean a variety of things. Perhaps attending this function every year is your worst nightmare and you have traditionally relied on the open bar to get yourself through it. Or maybe you love your coworkers and have had epically riotous holiday parties in the past. Again, the open bar was your absolute, best friend.
Maybe it’s somewhere in between.
Either way, this year is going to be different, because this year you are sober.
If you’re American, or American-adjacent, chances are you have plans tomorrow to chow down on some delicious, homemade eats. Whether it’s “Friendsgiving” or a full-blown family gathering, Thanksgiving can be a triggering occasion for sober folks.
If you are invited to a Thanksgiving celebration that you know will have booze, you may already be wondering how you’re going to get through it with your sobriety intact. The good news is that you are not alone and you can certainly do it.