The sunny days and warm weather of summer are here, and it’s a time for outdoor fun. What’s most important for you, as a recovering person, is staying sober this summer while enjoying the festivities. Outdoor barbecues and picnics, pool parties, concerts, camping, boating and beach activities are all scenarios where you could be tempted to pick up a drink or partake in a drug.
Let’s take a look at four tips that can help you maintain your sobriety, while still allowing you to enjoy all the fun the summer has to offer.
Top Tips for Staying Sober This Summer
1. Make a Plan
Before you attend an activity, find out the details so you can plan ahead. The more planning you do, the more protected your sobriety will be. Find out what the atmosphere will be like at the event you’re planning to attend. Know who’ll be there, how long the event is expected to last and see if non-alcoholic drinks will be available.
If possible, bring along your own favorite non-alcoholic beverages. If you’re traveling away from home, bring a list of local support meetings near your destination. Be sure to have an exit plan, so if the event becomes uncomfortable or you feel tempted to drink or do drugs, you can leave right away.
2. Bring Support
If you believe an event may lead to temptation, bring a buddy with you for sober support. When you’re with a friend who understands your need to stay sober, you’ll have someone to lean on if the going gets tough. A supportive friend can also be part of your exit plan.
3. Stay Healthy
Don’t overextend yourself with social commitments to the point that you feel run down.1 When you’re in a less than ideal state of health, it’s much easier to give in to temptation and relapse. Stay hydrated when you’re out and about. Be sure to get enough rest every night, so you can tackle the next day without being tired. If your social calendar gets too busy, turn down some invitations so you can rest and relax between the ones you do accept.
4. Stay in Touch When You’re on Vacation
Many people look forward to turning off the outside world when they’re on vacation, but staying sober this summer will require a bit of contact. It’s important for you to stay connected to your addiction recovery support resources all the time, even when you’re on vacation. If you want a break, at least stay in touch with your sponsor or counselor or a person with whom you’re close and knows about your recovery.2 Let them know where you are, what you’re doing and how you’re feeling while on vacation, so staying sober this summer is reinforced by holding yourself accountable for your own actions.
Just like any other time of the year, the most important tips for staying sober this summer include planning ahead, having a trusted friend to help you along, staying healthy and keeping in touch with your support network while on vacation. By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a sober and fun summer.