Embracing Sobriety in Today's Culture: Being Sober is Cool


DECEMBER 1, 2017

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Being Sober is Cool – Embracing Sobriety

In the 1960s, controlled substances were thought of as “cool” because they seemed to be an easy way to be rebellious. Parents said they were bad; therefore, they were cool. Five decades later, they don’t seem so cool anymore. Too many people are overdosing, or even dying, and addiction doesn’t seem to hold the initial lure it once did. In the 21st-century world, embracing sobriety and being sober is cool.

Offering to be the designated driver whenever you’re out with friends who are enjoying themselves in moderation is among the best favors you can do for them. You’re the cool one who provides security when others want to “let their hair down.” Because sobriety in pop culture is the “in” thing, the Timothy Learys of the world have given way to the Alec Baldwins. Alec has been sober for more than 30 years, and he remembers the exact date: February 23, 1985. However, it’s not just middle-aged stars who can be a beacon for others. Daniel Radcliffe, who is only 28, began drinking as a teen because of a combination of the pressure of newfound fame and the insecurity of doubting his own talent. He has now maintained his sobriety for seven years.

Real Life Sobriety

It’s not just people in Hollywood who are beating addiction. Successful business people turn to substances, too, to boost their performance or to come down after such a boost. Often, they turn to cocaine or other stimulants for that “extra edge” in a big meeting or when a deadline looms. Then, they may also utilize drugs like lorazepam or adderall to alleviate the “high.”

In some cases, the work itself becomes the drug of choice. People become addicted to power, money, and other intangibles because of the feelings of supremacy that they engender. Bernie Madoff, for example, claimed it was “never about the money.” To him, the thrill was in the power he siphoned from his Ponzi scheme. It was the thrill of the game that made him feel powerful. Of course, he also had an office full of drugs. The fact that he acted as evilly as he did shows that addiction helped to fuel his ways.

Using Drugs Once Doesn’t Always Lead to Addiction

To see what is possible when one doesn’t give in to addiction and fights for life, take a look at Barack Obama, who admitted to using both marijuana and cocaine while in high school. Steve Jobs used too. His drug of choice was LSD. Both of these men were able to put the drugs aside, were honest about their use and helped to be an example of being sober and being a positive role model.

When it comes to alcohol, society’s younger crowd is “just saying no.” People under 30 years of age just aren’t drinking as much anymore. Although the specter of underage drinking is still there, the data confirm the decline.

Sobriety Enters the Daily Life of the Recovery Community

In keeping with the theme of sobriety in pop culture, “Sober is Sexy,” the brainchild of Russell Brand, Rumer Willis, and Demi Lovato, has launched a slate of T-shirts and other fashions with the following sayings:

  • The only coke I do is diet.
  • Heroin killed the radio star.
  • Hangovers suck.
  • Don’t die.

To drive the point home that addiction can kill, Sober is Sexy also produces a shirt with Amy Winehouse printed over the Union Jack and that also lists her date of death.

How Embracing Your Sobriety can Lead to Other Healthy and Holistic Habits

The latest trend in the “cool sober” field is mindfulness, which is the ability to concentrate on the world in its entirety and not becoming bogged down in that which is stressful to you. The point of most mindfulness gurus is that, despite what you might think, your thoughts do not define you. In other words, just because you think you’re helpless doesn’t mean that you’re helpless. Mindfulness encourages self-awareness, too, as part of the world. This is another holistic and healthy practice that helps to engage a person in recovery and help a person to embrace their sobriety.

In short, sobriety is taking over for addiction. There is far to go, but the signs of progress continue to be encouraging. If you live in Arizona and want to find out more, contact an addiction counselor at SpringBoard Recovery today. We’re always ready to help.


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  7. The Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/over-the-influence-why-twentysomethings-are-embracing-sobriety-as-a-lifestyle-choice/article31348329/
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  9. soberisexy.com: https://soberisexy.com/
  10. mindful: https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

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DECEMBER 1, 2017

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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