This idea is almost as bad as bringing your 2-year-old to Sasquatch, the major difference being you're only endangering yourself. You will be completely engulfed by temptation. In the campsite, people will be taking drugs (alcohol, weed, and otherwise) constantly around you. At the festival, they may hide it better, but even more people will be on drugs. Even Snorlax will be high. It would take some serious will power to stay sober. It sounds like you're pretty confident about it, which is good, but if you do decide to go you should definitely follow through with finding a support group. A friend of a friend who is a recovering alcoholic (the rest of us haven't yet admitted we have a problem) came with us to Sasquatch a couple years ago and it was hell for him. While we weren't about to rub it in his face we did imbibe around him. The entire weekend he just didn't seem to enjoy himself. He would go off with those of us who don't drink so much, but even still you could tell he was in a bad place. Literally and figuratively. Maybe he wasn't as far along the steps as you, but I would not want to be that guy and that's what I'm trying to say. Good luck to you if you do decide to dare it!
Post by interstateeight on Feb 23, 2011 8:20:47 GMT -8
OP: I see what you're after here, and I see what you're not after. I'll shake things up a bit by suggesting that you, personally, will not necessarily have any trouble whatsoever with staying sober at Sasquatch. I hope you find some sober contacts through this board. Good luck.
Unless the people you attend the fest with are consistantly partaking in inebriating substances then I really don't think you will have a difficult time. There are always plenty of campsites with people who seem to more or less be enjoying a more sober experience, and the only time during the weekend where drug usage is at an astronomical high (for lack of a better word) is during the later dance tent acts and late stages. Both of which are more than easily avoidable if need be. I for one prefer spending the morning and most of the afternoon sober - let's me enjoy the sunshine and daytime activities much more.
Sorry if I came across as a bit harsh. I guess it really depends on how much progress you've made. If you're newly sober and not very confident about it, then if you go you're playing with fire. If you've been sober a while and/or are sufficiently strong willed then you'll have no problem. The guy that I referenced was the former. In fact, if you're the belt sander your biggest problem might actually be tolerating all the drunk/high fools stumbling around. I suppose if you've done much reading on this forum you probably know exactly what you're getting into. Either way, a support network is a really good idea. I'll be, um, busy with others things though...