If you are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, you understand that there are challenging situations that could compromise your sobriety. You will always experience ups and downs in life, and it’s important to know how to handle stressful situations that come your way. With summertime come barbeques, pool parties, and other events that could potentially put your sobriety at risk. The change in season could cause new challenges in your recovery journey. Center City Recovery is here to give you helpful tips for staying sober this summer. Learning how to deal with unexpected temptations is what a successful long-term recovery looks like, and you can experience a sober summer all season long.
Bring a Supportive Friend
If you know that you will be attending a summer event where alcohol will be present, you could stress about the situation, which can lead to unwanted anxiety. You may worry that you will experience a temptation to drink, and we suggest that you bring a supportive friend who understands your sobriety and who will make you feel comfortable. It may be in your best interest to bring a sober friend so that you won’t feel any pressure to drink. Your supportive friend will understand if you need to remove yourself from the situation sooner than planned.
Have an Exit Strategy
Summer parties can inevitably bring about temptations that you need to be prepared for. If you are heading to the beach with friends or if you are attending a summer barbeque, you should have a planned exit strategy if you start to feel uncomfortable or if the temptations are present. Your supportive friends will understand your departure, and they should respect your sobriety.
Fill Your Cup with a Non-Alcoholic Beverage
If you already have a drink in your hand, even if it’s non-alcoholic, people are less likely to pressure you to drink when they don’t know your situation. You can be at a party surrounded by people who are drinking and they don’t have a clue about your sobriety. You will feel less social pressure when you have water or soda in a red solo cup, and you are more likely to feel comfortable and at ease.
If you follow these tips you are sure to experience a sober summer. Center City Recovery is here to help you stay on track!