Many people look forward to lazy summer days, barbeques and family get-togethers, but those in active recovery may feel added pressure to drink or use substances in these social settings. The best way to maintain your drug recovery during the summer is to have a plan and stick to it.
Tips for summer sobriety
Stay on track with your sobriety with these tips:
- Stay connected
You can never have too many people supporting your recovery. Maintain a connection with other people in recovery and reconnect with supportive family and friends. Attending meetings and support groups is another way to stay motivated and dedicated to maintaining your sobriety.
- Choose a sober buddy
If you get invited to a party or event, bring someone who understands your situation. This person can keep you from falling victim to temptation and help you create a plan to leave early if necessary.
- Be the host
If you are able, host your own picnic or get-together. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing, it’s easier to organize your own gathering. You can practice sobriety in a comfortable, social setting and on your own terms.
- Avoid triggers
Stay away from people, places, situations or events that may be too difficult for you, especially if you’re in the early stages of recovery. Instead of large gatherings where there is sure to be alcohol, plan a day at the beach or local street fair (somewhere you know it will be easier to avoid triggers) with one or two friends at a time.
- Be good to yourself
Don’t forget to take things one day at a time and remember you are worthy of forgiveness and happiness. Be sure to get enough rest, eat well, stay hydrated and enjoy at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Giving yourself a daily schedule will keep you busy and take your mind off temptations.
If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step toward long-lasting recovery, call Alpine Recovery Lodge at 801-828-7623 to learn more about our drug abuse rehab programs. We strive to assist those in active recovery build a healthy sense of self-worth and strengthen all areas of their life and transition to a life of sobriety.