Summer is coming soon and that means lots of opportunities for fun social activities. Unfortunately, this time of year may also conjure up memories of the good ol’ days, as many summer events and activities may include alcohol. These fond memories tend to downplay or ignore the negative aspects of your addiction altogether. With that being said, here are a few ways to enjoy the summer months while keeping your recovery on track.
Benefits of Summer Sobriety
Obviously, no drinking means no hangovers or withdrawals. Nobody misses those. On top of that, there are a few other advantages to enjoying your summer sober, including:
- Greater quality of time spent with friends and family
- Better memories without the fog of alcohol
- Energy to enjoy more fun summer activities and events
- Less expensive
- Developing increased comfort in social settings without relying on alcohol as a crutch
Tips to Stay Sober at Summer Socials
You don’t have to avoid summer parties to prevent a relapse. In fact, here are a few ways to keep yourself in check at parties, events and socials:
- Watch the clock. Set an alarm or reminder for every 30-60 minutes. When it goes off, evaluate how you feel in the environment. If you’re having a good time while keeping temptation in check, reset the alarm and reevaluate things when it goes off again.
- Bring backup. A responsible friend or relative can be an invaluable source of support. You can be honest with them if you’re feeling weak, and if the event’s a bust, you’ll at least have someone to talk to.
- Stay busy. Play cards, games or sports—things to keep your mind occupied. If you don’t have time to think about drinking, that can help you keep those impulses in check.
- Don’t push it. Be aware of your triggers and plan accordingly. If your group is planning something that feels potentially detrimental to your recovery, offer alternatives. It’s okay to decline invitations to events if you don’t feel comfortable around certain people or in some environments at your current stage of recovery.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction at Design for Change
Relapse isn’t uncommon, especially within the three months after treatment. But with each passing month and year, sobriety becomes easier and you become more determined to maintain your recovery.
Whether you’re a couple months or a couple years out of treatment, it’s important to not compromise your recovery, especially during the summer months. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or the temptation to relapse, you’re not alone. The compassionate staff at Design for Change can help you acquire the skills you need to maintain a life free of addiction. At our residential rehab center in Palmdale, CA, you’ll find a safe, clean space that nurtures a clean mind. The natural surroundings provide ample opportunities to enjoy the summer months in a healthy way with areas for sports, hiking and more. Start your recovery journey by contacting one of our addiction specialists now.