This is not to say that people in recovery must avoid every place that serves alcohol, obviously most restaurants have some kind of license to serve beer and wine, and many have full liquor licenses. Part of recovery is learning how to be in environments that are a common part of everyday life. It is much easier for the person addicted to hard drugs to avoid their old "haunts" and old friends, but enjoying a meal with friends where alcohol is served without getting tempted means learning a new behavior and this is part of relapse prevention.
Here are additional articles that provide information about Starbucks' decision to sell alcohol and reactions to the decision.
- Digital Journal (07/18/2009) Starbucks testing new name and alcohol sales
- USA Today (10/17/2010) Starbucks remakes its future
- Forbes Magazine(02/27/2012) Baristas Transform Into Bartenders: Starbucks Expands Serving Alcohol
- Orange County Register Blog (04/16/2012) Two OC Starbucks to Sell Beer and Wine
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So how do you feel about this new menu item for Starbucks?