Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine and bring out the barbeque with friends and family. For recovering addicts, this season can be a difficult time to practice sobriety when the temptations seem to be magnified. Luckily, if you have gone through drug and alcohol treatment, you have the tools needed to overcome challenging situations that may come your way. The treatment experts at The Haven Detox explain how to stay sober this summer with these tips for all recovering addicts. It’s important to remember that recovery is a lifelong practice that comes with ups and downs, and it’s how you handle the hard situations that truly matters.
Pool parties and barbeques that may very well be filled with alcohol and other temptations can crowd the summer months. If you do not stay busy with healthy and sober activities, you may end up feeling pressured to attend an event that could very well test your sobriety. It’s important to not put yourself in a situation with the wrong crowd of people because you are only setting yourself up for failure. Occupying your time wisely during the summer will really help you stay on track.
Have an Exit Plan
If you do find yourself in a situation that you don’t feel comfortable in, or if the temptations start to take over, you should have a plan for how you will remove yourself from the situation. If you are attending a party that you know will have alcohol present, it’s important to know exactly how you would leave if things get out of hand. Have a family member or friend pick you up if you need to leave immediately.
Bring a Supportive Friend
If you are headed to a summer event that could compromise your sobriety, we suggest that you bring a supportive friend who understands your recovery and who knows how to help you if things turn south. You and your friend should leave a situation that you do not feel comfortable in.
Our drug and alcohol treatment center can help you or your loved one overcome any addiction and we are here to guide our patients through the entire recovery journey.