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Sober Club Life: My Experience and a New Miami Event

Sober Club Life: My Experience and a New Miami Event

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Author: Justin Mckibben

Probably one of the biggest misconceptions of recovery for people on the outside looking in, whether they are spectators or potential members, is that sobriety is boring. Many people believe that in recovery there is no room for excitement and adventure in the night life. Some people think it is hiding in meetings and holding onto a “Big Book” like a life preserver. So when we talk about the sober club life, people are frequently confused, sometimes even terrified for us.

But the truth is sobriety is about freedom. Some of us experience our recovery in different ways, and not everyone is the same. There is freedom in the fact you can practice your recovery in ways only you may have that intrinsic connection to. So the sober club life is not an theoretical concept, it is a gift some find in sobriety.

Now, as more young people are becoming active in the recovery community, the search for the night life in recovery is taking new form. New sober clubs are making waves and gaining fans all over the world. Now, one of the hottest Miami clubs is starting its own sober club life.

Sober Club Life: Daybreaker in Miami

In a city known for its nightlife, the sober club life finding such an exclusive spot something entirely new. Daybreaker, the early morning dance party, debuted at LIV nightclub this past Wednesday morning with a great deal of success. While it isn’t exactly a “nightlife” event, since it’s going down while the sun is coming up, it is a unique clubbing experience.

After over 4,000 people emailed Daybreaker about coming to Miami to bring its brand of sober club life to South Florida, co-founder Radha Agrawal told the Miami New Times,

“LIV then approached us to partner, and we are excited to help tell a different story and define a new way to connect and self-express.”

Instead of dark and brooding music, the soundtrack is fun and uplifting. Soul house, funk house, disco house. The goal is to start the day off right, with high energy and inspiration. The environment emphasizes joy, mindfulness, and intention. Last year Brimer went into detail about this, stating:

“We want to take out all the bad stuff associated with clubbing: the drinking and self-destructive behavior and mean bouncers, and just bring people together,”

The sober club life event begins at 6am. Tickets for the Daybreaker morning run around $20-$35. With growing popularity, some events have reached a crowd of around 400-500 attendees.

Sober Club Life: Daybreaker Lineup

The lineup for the Miami launch is currently a short list, but seems pretty legit. It’s not just for shaking respective groove things, but for a high energy start to the day. The big lineup included:

  • 6am to 7am- Yoga with “rockstar yogi” Pablo Lucero
  • 7am to 9am- Signature dance party with beats from DJ Alyx Ander

The idea is to wrap it all up in time for plenty of people to head to work. Since it is a morning affair, the menu makes sense.

  • Instead of a liquor bar, there is coffee and fresh juice (of the orange or fruit variety)
  • Instead of drugs, the club offers breakfast

The idea is to get the morning kicked off with dancing and movement, because these activities releases endorphins and other happy chemicals in the body. The Eventbrite for the Daybreaker states:

“Our goal is to bring Miami together with more mindfulness, wellness, mischief, self-expression and camaraderie.”

“With everything going on in the world these days, we need it more than ever.”

So, for those who want to start the day with sober clubbing, the Daybreaker give you yoga, dancing and good food for your good vibes.

Sober Club Life: My Experience

While I have not had the opportunity to check out the sober club life via Daybreakers, I was very fortunate to begin my journey in sobriety with a similar concept. A few years ago I was lucky enough to receive treatment at Palm Partners Recovery Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Every day starts off in pretty much the same way. After breakfast I was given a chance to dance with the community, with a colorful light show and live DJ. It was pretty counter-intuitive at first, but quickly became a highlight of the day. Over three years later, I am the DJ.

There is absolutely something to be said about getting up and active in the morning and what it does to set the tone for your day. I can only imagine Daybreakers is getting plenty of people looking for a sober club off to a great start.

Since my initial experience at Palm Partners, I can say I have continued the habit of being expressed, energetic and active in sobriety. I have been to raves with hundreds upon hundreds of people in Miami. I’ve had the chance to see a lot of awesome performers live in various venues across South Florida, and I have taken many opportunities to experience the fun that comes from the freedom of sobriety. All this makes me want to focus on one important concept.

Sober Club Life: The Freedom of Sobriety

There is a passage in the primary text of the 12 Step Fellowship that speaks on the freedom sobriety provides to those who seek it with honesty and thoroughness. It is possibly one of my favorite passages, and it states:

“He [the alcoholic] can go anywhere on this earth where other free men may go without disaster, provided he remains willing to maintain a certain simple attitude.”

There are those who would debate the interpretation of these words. In the context, the quote is referring to an individual who was once considered an utterly hopeless alcoholic by a great physician. This expert opinion tells him he will never regain his position in society. However, the paragraphs following the pages further express the incredible phenomena of “spiritual experiences” that create exceptions to the most hopeless cases.

Some may take this story as one of warning. I, however, have a different perspective. These few sentences give me great hope, because they assure me I am a free man in sobriety.

The important piece for me is the “simple attitude” I keep. I believe that for me to keep this amazing gift of freedom, I have to maintain my understanding of who I am, what my experience has taught me, and how I impact others. The design for living to me means being introspective in personal inventory, faithfully accountable to those I can help, and willing to seek more extraordinary experiences that will inspire a new perspective. That same 12 Step literature tells me:

“We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality – safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us.”

In this position of neutrality, I feel safe. The problems of the past, the obsession, have been removed. So I go where any other free man can go; clubs, concerts, anywhere that this new and amazing life has given me the opportunity to be, because I am a free man. A sober club life is nothing abstract at all; it is simply what some of us chose to do with the freedom recovery blesses us with.

Not drinking or using drugs is only the beginning. Life is so much more. I, as a man in recovery, must be willing to do more if I am to fulfill my life. That, in turn, has given me freedom. Taking the first steps can be the hardest part, but we want to help. You are not alone. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder or addiction, please call toll-free now.

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Court Orders La Scala to Rehire Dancer Who Spoke of Anorexia

Court Orders La Scala to Rehire Dancer Who Spoke of Anorexia

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Author: Shernide Delva

A case that made headlines for many years has finally come to a close. In 2012, Mariafrancesca Garritano, a ballet dancer, was sacked after accusing the La Scala ballet company of promoting eating disorders to young dancers. She even claimed that one in five ballerinas had anorexia, and admitted to her struggles with meeting their standards.

Garritano said 70% of dancers who were at La Scala’s dance school had eaten so little that their periods had stopped, a common anorexia side effect known as amenorrhea. She said she suffered recurring stomach pains and frequent bone fractures due to her extreme dieting. All of this was published in a tell-all booked which clearly enraged the company she was hired to work for.

After coming out with these claims, the ballerina was suspiciously fired from dancing for the La Scala company. The firing led to the court case stating that the dancer was fired illegally.  The case also spotlighted the intense pressure ballerinas have to stay thin in the industry.

Now 37, Garritano is ready to return to the stage. The school has been ordered to rehire the dancer after it was determined that the ballerina was fired unfairly.

“All I am waiting for is a call from La Scala,” Garritano said in an interview with Milan daily Il Giorno.

Garritano acknowledges that she has yet to receive contact from the company since the court victory. The case was first settled in 2014. However, La Scala appealed the decision. Now, the same court order remains. The school must rehire Garritano.

“Already in 2014, I expected to be rehired after two years of interruption. Now I expect the same thing,” said Garritano. “I never stopped working on my physical condition to be in the best condition possible when the moment came.”

The dancer was dismissed initially due to bringing the name of the company down by writing about it in her book.  In the book, she described her experience as a dancer, under the pressure and scrutiny of the public eye. In one incident, she mentions the instructors calling her names like “mozzarella” and “Chinese dumpling” in front of everyone.  At one point, Garritano’s weight dropped to 94 pounds due to her extreme dieting methods.

For decades, eating disorders and ballerina practically went hand in hand. Ballerinas are told they must look svelte and graceful on stage. However, this demand results in eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia.  Anorexia nervosa is a condition in which one restricts their calories severely to the point of starvation. Bulimia is repeated binge eating and self-induced vomiting. Other eating disorders include orthorexia which is an obsessive focus on healthy eating.

Eating disorders are much more prevalent in a woman. This is because in industries like modeling, acting, dancing or singing, place a huge emphasis on having what is perceived to be a perfect body type.  Many models have also come out with stories about agents demanding they lose 10 to 20 pounds on an already thin figure to fit “exact” model measurements.

Garritano was merely exposing the struggles she faced working as a ballerina for the La Scala ballerina company. It would not be legal to fire her over publishing her book, unless it was determined that she was not telling the truth. In this case, it seems that the ruling seems just. What do you think? Should they have fired her?

Eating disorders are devastating illnesses to have to deal with alone. Often, in industries focused on looks, many find it hard to admit they have a problem. If this sounds like you, get help today. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

7 Things You Notice at Parties When You’re Sober

7 Things You Notice at Parties When You're Sober

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The life of the party can seem almost like two opposite sides of a coin when comparing living in sobriety with actively drinking or using drugs.  As someone actively using drugs or drinking it can be this blurred vision of a frenzy of social connection. It can seem intense and dramatic, or glorified and abstract. In sobriety it can be a lot less dramatic and abstract.

When you’re sober at a party, you will probably pick up on some things you probably would over-look when intoxicated, and can even enjoy yourself a lot more. To relate it to personal and shared experience, these are 7 things you notice at parties when you’re sober.

1. Awkward Momentum

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Sometimes you notice at a party that people who are drinking typically take some time to warm up to each other. Someone could come into the party alone and avoiding all conversation, but once they get a few drinks in them they become a social butterfly. This momentum is created when someone who may be social awkward needs a substance to let go of their reservations. They can go from the most quite person in the room, to a babbling ego-maniac in just a few drinks.

2. Dancing Disorder

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People at parties getting wasted often suffer from a down-right embarrassing dancing disorder. You will notice when you’re sober that some people who have a little too much ‘party favors’ will develop this disorder quickly and without warning. They will ‘rage’ for hours on end in what typically look like displays of flopping around, hips shaking, and slurred singing to random songs. Sometimes it’s a blast to dance circles around them, but it’s always funny to watch and be grateful your sobriety can allow you to have much smoother moves.

3. Friendly Fights

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Another typical situation you will encounter as a sober party goer is the frequent and spontaneous fights between friends that can break out over almost nothing! When you were drinking or using drugs, some of these fights probably seemed justified and even exciting. When you’re sober and not flexing your drunk-muscles you can usually see how pointless and annoying these fights can get. One guy spills another’s drink, and you might as well be in the roman coliseum.

4. Passed Out Party 

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When you’re sober at a party, and the night starts to wind down, you will probably notice more than anyone the amusing amounts of bodies accumulating on couches, beds, even tucked away in closets and bathrooms where party people retreat to sleep it off. It can be like a scavenger hunt trying to find your friends who have had a few too many and can’t keep themselves awake. Happy hunting!

5. Deep Drunken Dialog

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Parties always have those people who get a little messed up and instantly become philosophers. This type of person usually uses alcohol or drugs to unlock the secret to life. Because nothing brings a party closer to unlimited knowledge of universal truth like poisoning their minds with chemicals, right? A sober individual can listen in on these lectures on intoxicated enlightenment and find the logic to be hilarious and sometimes just too ridiculous not to let it blow your mind. But if you don’t get it you’re just not deep enough.

6. Love… or Something Like It?

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People who have plenty to drink often seem to get a little love-struck. It often comes in the form of repeated hugs and confessions of loyalty and affection.  When people at a party get to that point, they find so many good reasons to love you, and you will NEVER understand how much you REALLY mean to them, because they know what they’re saying, even if they are too messed up to know WHO they are saying it to.

7. Surprised You’re Sober

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Partiers who are drinking and using just don’t understand most times why you are not. You will probably notice the reactions people give you can vary in a wide range of shock, awe and sympathy, like this tragedy should not go over-looked or without investigation! Some people are almost offended you won’t drink with them, and others are just curious and come up with their own back-story as to why you wouldn’t be getting wasted; like it’s a trick question or a practical joke. No worries though, odds are they won’t remember it in 5 minutes and ask you if you want a drink anyway.

Sobriety creates a new perspective on a lot of life. Being in recovery gives us opportunities to experience all the excitement we looked for in active addiction with clarity, and sobriety has plenty of advantages when it comes to the party life. The party does NOT have to stop just because you get sober, and actually reaches new levels of excitement and lasting experiences. Many in recovery say they have more fun in sobriety than they ever had drinking and using, and they don’t have to endanger themselves or others to make it happen. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

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A lot of people don’t have any idea what to do for fun when they first get sober. Getting sober can be difficult because all we know is drugs and alcohol and without those things it can make life feel boring, at first. It turns out life is even more fun when we’re sober! There are so many different activities that you can do to have fun in sobriety; here are some tips from the characters of the TV show The Office on how to have fun in sobriety.

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)…

Take up a new hobby, like karate

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Start gardening

 

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Spend time with your friends

 

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Drawing

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Dancing

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Explore your inner comedian

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Play pranks on friends

 

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Spend time with animals (pets, like your dog)

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Photography

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Plan trips, go on a vacation

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See new movies

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Help people

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You’d honestly be surprised how much more fun life can be without drugs and alcohol. You remember everything and genuinely laugh and have fun without the influence of substances. I can say I’ve laughed harder and had more fun in sobriety than I ever did in my addiction. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in the beginning of my ‘party days’ but eventually I was absolutely miserable. I got to a point where I didn’t even know what fun was anymore; I strictly lived to drink and drug. Luckily, I found myself in a place of desperation that required me to either get sober or go on and die like that.

Now that I’m sober, I enjoy reading, laughing, spending time with friends, seeing movies and etc. I am a happier person and at peace with myself and I believe I am much more fun to be around now. I also enjoy different things than I did when I was using. It is enjoyable for me to help new girls in the program and go to meetings and meet new people. Helping people gives me a spiritual high which is SO much better than a high from drugs and alcohol.

You are able to figure out what your hobbies are and what you truly enjoy once you get sober. I know one of my friends discovered she was really talented at drawing and art; not only is it great to find a hobby but it can be a form of meditation which we all need! Honestly, being happy in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for, and I didn’t even ask for it! I just wanted to stop drinking and drugging and in turn got this amazing life out of it. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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