How to Make Friends Without Drinking

Pursuing your sobriety can be challenging when many of the activities you loved—and the friends you enjoyed these activities with—revolved around alcohol. But don’t feel discouraged. There are many ways to meet people in an environment that doesn’t require the consumption of alcohol. Below, you’ll discover how to make friends without drinking.

If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help. 

Try a Group Exercise

Trying out a class at a local gym is a fantastic way to meet new people. Some great group exercises include spin, yoga, and Pilates classes. You may also enjoy community weight lifting classes, HIIT exercises, and even running. No matter what you prefer, signing up for these kinds of activities provides a great opportunity to meet people with shared interests. Plus, staying active and healthy also plays a large part in helping you maintain your sobriety.

Connect with Colleagues

You spend a lot of time with your colleagues—why not try to get to know them? This is one of the easiest ways to meet new people since you already see them most every day. At work, making a new friend can be as simple as asking a coworker to join you on your lunch break or to go out for a coffee.

Join a Club

If you have a hobby or activity that you love, search to see if there is a local club for it. Or, consider getting into something new such as reading, painting, cooking, or gardening. Not only will this give you the resources to do what you enjoy and provide you with a new experience, but it’s also another opportunity to meet people with shared interests. Bonding with people with similar passions is an easy way to form instant friendships.

Reconnect with Old Friends

It’s pretty common to lose touch with people, no matter the circumstances. But just because you lose touch, it doesn’t mean that you can’t reach out to former friends once again. It can be thrilling to catch up and reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a while. You may even find that you simply pick up the friendship right where it left off.


There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in your community. Whether you enjoy working with children or assisting those in need, there are plenty of ways to help out. Plus, once again, not only will you be providing a great service to the community, but you’ll be doing so alongside likeminded individuals.

Consider The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation

We hope you have a better idea of how to make friends without drinking. However, if you feel that you need help pursuing your sobriety, The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation is here to assist you. A sober living environment will allow you to recover in a supportive, understanding community. To learn more, contact us to discover how we can provide the help you need.

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