‘Sober Bars’ Are Giving More and More Recovering Alcoholics a Social Place for Fun Without Booze

Written by on November 23, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — Recovering addicts or people new to sobriety often run into a struggle when trying to socialize with friends.

A typical night out at a bar can be a trigger and challenge to their sobriety.

“Sober bars” are now popping up all across the nation, including Central Texas.

After a long day, Ember Zenchyshyn usually heads to her local dive bar to unwind.

But what’s being served at the Cherokee Recovery Village in Bastrop, Texas isn’t alcohol, but a sense of belonging.

“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,” she said. “And then I would get tired of that to the point to where I couldn’t do it anymore.”


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