You experience the atmosphere of a bar, along with having a fun time meeting new people, but you don't give in to the temptation of alcohol because there's none around.
Giving up on your vices is one thing, and maintaining them is quite another when there is temptation around you. If you're a heavy drinker and are looking to cut back without having to be peer-pressured, you're in luck. There are sober bars that give you exactly what you're looking for. Sober bars give recovering addicts a much-needed space to have some good, clean, fun, without any alcohol around them.
Cherokee Recovery Village in Bastrop, Texas, helps recovering addicts and alcoholics a community space to enjoy. Instead of serving alcohol, they serve beverages like kombucha and coffee. Not just that, they also host events like karaoke nights, fundraisers, and community dinners. Not only has the community space appealed to people undergoing the 12-step program, but also to people who want to take a short break from drinking.
Cherokee Recovery Village owner Paul French, a licensed chemical dependency counselor as well as a former addict, says these bars help recovering addicts get used to the environment of a bar, without having to face the constant temptation that comes with being surrounded by alcohol. "This is exposing yourself to triggers intentionally to weaken those triggers," he told KEYE in an interview. "It will allow you to eventually go into establishments where there’s drinking and partying and craziness and it won’t affect you as strongly as it did."
After a long day, Ember Zenchyshyn prefers to head over to her local dive bar to unwind. "I can't do this alone," said Zenchyshyn, "I need to have the people walking through this with me and kind of be a part of something." Zenchyshyn has been sober for three years. "I would just drink, and drink and drink. And then I would get tired of that to the point where I couldn't do it anymore."
Zenchyshyn, however, still likes to have a good time, and Cherokee is the perfect place for her. "I didn't want to give up the fun lifestyle. I didn't want just to go home and go to sleep at 10 and not do things." The sober bar gives her a place to have the best of both worlds. She now gets to experience the atmosphere of a bar, along with having a fun time meeting new people, but she doesn't give in to the temptation of alcohol because there's none around her. This is a wonderful idea, wouldn't you agree?