How can you have fun with your friends AND stay sober?
Summer is in full swing—parties, cookouts, and bashes at the beach. Learning how to navigate situations where there is likely to be drinking and maybe even recreational drug use is one of the biggest challenges of recovery.
Find out everything you can about the event—where it will be held, who’s invited, etc. This way, you can avoid certain situations and certain people who can act as triggers.
Practice Saying “NO”
Never say “YES” out of obligation. If you are stressed, over-scheduled, or uncomfortable, stay home.
Go to Meetings
Staying active in 12-Step fellowship meetings or other addiction recovery support groups helps “vaccinate” you against a too-lax summertime attitude towards recovery.
Eat a healthy meal before you go. Bring along your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. This way, you won’t mistake hunger or thirst for cravings.
Don’t Go Alone
Bring a sober friend along who knows you are in recovery and who will help you stick to your goals.
Don’t let yourself get too tired—that’s when bad decisions are made. Don’t be afraid to call it an early night.
ALWAYS Have an Escape Plan
Be prepared to leave immediately if the situation or the cravings get too intense. Have cab or bus fare, or even a friend “on call” ready to come get you.
Create Your Own Schedule
There’s nothing wrong with hosting your own sober get-togethers. If that seems like too much work, take advantage of other fun summer offerings, such as county fairs, local festivals, or concerts.
Work Your Program
The more active you are in your recovery, the better prepared you will be to face social temptations confidently and successfully.
Keep Your Priorities Straight
Remember that your #1 goal is your continued sobriety. Remind yourself WHY that’s important.
For more information of how to maintain a sober lifestyle, contact Lasting Recovery outpatient rehab in San Diego.