How The Right Step Helps Turn Sobriety Into a Satisfying, Lasting Way of Life\r\nGeorge Joseph is Chief Operating Office of the 20-plus The Right Step drug and alcohol treatment centers and one of the nation\u2019s foremost experts on beating substance abuse. He has a captivating and insightful series of blogs on the website www.doctoroz.com. Joseph\u2019s five-part series, \u201cCharacteristics of Sobriety,\u201d explores all that it takes to attain \u2013 and maintain \u2013 a sober life, including one concept that isn\u2019t generally associated with the process: Fun. \u201cWhen people think about getting sober, one of their biggest fears is: Can I ever have fun again?,\u201d Joseph writes. \u201cMost people think sobriety is boring.\u201d It\u2019s not, he notes \u2013 at least, it\u2019s not once a newly sober person takes a good, hard look at what \u201cfun\u201d really means. Sober fun isn\u2019t based on risk. Sober fun isn\u2019t rooted in excitement to the point of danger. Sober fun isn\u2019t even social, when the society involved is solely focused on self-destructive behavior. What fun is, is that \u201cAha!\u201d moment that comes with sobriety and that turns the compass toward a new, rewarding life that is marked by positive milestones and accomplishments. Joseph should know \u2013 he had his own \u201cAha!\u201d moment. It occurred after HE had a battle with substance abuse. It happened after HE had become sober. It took place when HE was scared he would never have fun again. The setting was a wedding in Thibodaux, La. Joseph was living in a halfway house, and one of his program counselors was getting married. As is often the case at gatherings of that sort, alcohol was present \u2013 and flowing. \u201cMy peers and I were sharing a video camera to film the reception,\u201d Joseph recalls. \u201cWhen it was my turn, I felt comfortable behind the camera and didn\u2019t want to let anyone else use it. This was because I was nervous being in a social setting and not drinking.\u201d During the reception the attendees \u2013 people just out of inpatient treatment \u2013 were urged to join the band in a rousing and admittedly \u201cnot very good\u201d version of the Credence Clearwater Revival hit, \u201cProud Mary.\u201d Joseph reluctantly joined in \u2026 and \u201cAha!\u201d happened. He looked around and realized the crowd didn\u2019t care how bad he sang. In fact, the worse it got the more fun everyone had. More importantly, the more fun Joseph had. \u201cThis was an eye-opening experience for me,\u201d he says. \u201cWe repeated this at a few other sober weddings in the future, and I truly learned the lesson of letting go of my fears and defenses \u2013 that it is okay to be silly and vulnerable, to have fun. This was a major breakthrough in achieving long-term sobriety.\u201d Joseph hopes to help others discover the same revelation. In fact, he has devoted his life and career to building The Right Step into a facility that does just that. From his office to every staff position at the 20-plus locations, center personnel have crafted effective, state-of-the-art programs and procedures that produce sobriety \u2013 and more than a few \u201cAha!\u201d moments. To learn more about The Right Step, call 844-877-1781, or visit The Right Step website.