If You're Considering Sober October Read This
I sort of have mixed feelings about months like Dry January and Sober October, for a number of reasons. If you’re reconsidering your relationship with alcohol, any month is good to do it. And for those of us who have experienced addiction, we know that sobriety is much more than a catchphrase or a moment or a month — it’s a way of life.
Also, after these months go by we tend to see people “celebrating” when they are able to drink again, which can be really problematic, especially if a person goes from no drinks to say, many (aka binge drinking). Months like Dry January and Sober October have more than a few critics (this is an interesting perspective.) Phew, that was a big qualifier.
There’s a lot of good in these months too. (Side note: Go Sober October is based the UK, and has raised more than $1 million for MacMillan Cancer Support, which provides people assistance as they are undergoing treatment for cancer.) It also raises the visibility of the fact that you can take a break from drinking (and if you can’t, that might be an indication you need to take a deeper look at things).
I think the key here is emphasizing that not drinking for a month isn’t a matter of “deprivation.” It’s not, and the goal shouldn’t be to get to November 1 when you can finally have a drink again.
Maybe you need a nudge to experience what life is like without alcohol for 30 days. If so, here are some resources I’ve vetted to give you a perspective on Sober October. Along with all of this, it’s important to say that if you think you may be dependent, please seek medical advice.
Oh, and at the end of the month, here’s a secret: you actually can keep going.
In fact, I would encourage it.
Imagine, what would your body feel like and what would your life look like if you took not 30 days, but 60 days or 90s? What if you took off a year? What if you never went back? You might actually find out a lot of things about yourself.
You might realize that life is excellent without booze, much more than you could imagine.
But that’s getting ahead of things. Here are some places to start:
Top 10 Hacks To Get You Through Sober October: From GoSoberUK.org, these practical tips are good any time of year.
And please read this excellent post by Africa Brooke:
If you do Sober October, let me know how it’s going. Leave a comment here, on IG or on our Facebook page. Tell us how it’s going, what’s been challenging, what you’ve learned, and how we can support you.