Summertime means long days by the lake or beach, hanging out with friends, family, and barbeques. For someone who is recovering from addiction, summer can be a stressful season. Alcohol is often the center of many summer activities and holidays. The temptation to drink during the summer months can be strong. It is important not to let your guard down during this time. Even one drink could cause an individual to spiral back into an addictive pattern. It is important to follow a few helpful tips to stay sober during the summer months.
Dignity Hall understands the challenges individuals in recovery can face. Thus, we strive to provide those who are newly sober as well as though who have been in recovery for some time the support, resources, and tips for staying sober not just in the summer but year-round.
Staying Sober During the Summer
The summer is a social time. Friends and family frequently get together for events. While it can be difficult no matter what time of year it is, summer can be especially challenging for some. Here are some tips to stay sober:
- Avoid triggers: Certain people or places may trigger you to drink again and make it difficult to maintain sobriety because you associate them with alcohol from past situations. Triggers may not be an issue for everyone, but it is important to rule out any in advance.
- Have a plan: Remember, for people not in recovery or unaware that you are, they may offer you a drink. If someone offers you a drink, you do not need to feel obligated to take it. But you must have a response ready if you find yourself in this situation. It may be best to tell the truth. Making it clear that you can’t accept isn’t rude, it’s polite and put the individual in the position of knowing not to offer you drinks in the future. Some other responses may be that you cannot because you are driving, or you have cut out alcohol for health reasons. Another option is to keep a beverage like soda or water in your hand, so people will not offer you a drink.
- Attend more meetings in the summer: Attending group meetings is a great way to spend your spare time and keep your mind off addictive thoughts during the summer months. Being able to speak with others who are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings you are having may be therapeutic and help guide you through situations. Others in your support group may have useful strategies they can share or are going through similar situations as you are, and together you can face the situations.
- Balance summer activities: Not all summer activities have to revolve around drinking events. Many other outdoor activities can be enjoyed under the sun and are great for your mental health, such as hiking, biking, and swimming. Enjoying activities that do not involve alcohol is important in maintaining long-term sobriety.
What to Do if You Relapse?
Relapse can happen to anyone after completing a treatment program. If you find that you are struggling with addiction or that you have relapsed, reach out for help from a licensed counselor or therapist. Having a plan for the summer months can help you get through every situation you are faced with to maintain sobriety.
Sober Living at Dignity Hall
If you are recovering from addiction, Dignity Hall, sober living homes in South Jersey may be a great option for you. We offer several different locations to fit your needs, such as:
- Sober Living for Men and Women
- Philadelphia Sober Living Homes
- Sober Living Homes in Cherry Hill, NJ
- Sober Living Homes in Camden County, NJ
Do not let addiction continue to affect your life. Seek out a safe place to recover by contacting us today at 855.380.7560.