I find it very frustrating because I am not ashamed of being sober. And furthermore, do you have any suggestions that I could use to make people feel more at ease with my sobriety? Americans in general claim that they accept that alcoholism is a disease, and accept AA.But, it seems many don’t want it to touch their lives.I’ve been in and out of 12-step recovery programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) for almost 20 years.I’ve had many periods of sobriety, from a paltry four months to a lengthy seven years (and everything in between).I do not subscribe to any recovery programs and I feel comfortable (most of the time) around alcohol. I have recently found that I have problems meeting people my age (particularly for romantic relations) because I am (as my mother says) a non-active alcoholic.
It’s always a little awkward when a potential date wants to “meet you for a drink.” Telling them you’re sober feels like confessing to some horrible chronic STD.Alia Butler holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St.Louis, concentrating in mental health, and a Master of Arts in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University.Further Reading Dear Stanton, I hope this is a question you can field, I didn’t see one like it with the others.I am a twenty-three year old college student, who has been recovering from alcoholism for over two years.