As the summer season kicks off, most people are looking forward to spending their warm weather months socializing at parties and barbecues. For those in recovery, this season can also be wrought with temptations and pitfalls that threaten to derail the recovery process. If you are facing the summer months with a degree of trepidation, we have some tips to help you stay on your recovery track for the entire season.
While you don’t want to live like a hermit all summer, a little advance planning can go a long way in getting ready for the social events you do decide to attend. Try to avoid spots where you know drugs or alcohol will be present. If this is impossible, bring along a sober friend to provide support. Have an exit strategy in mind, in case the temptation becomes too great. If your plans include travel, research support groups in the area you will be visiting and make sure to include the phone numbers of your sponsor and a few other supportive friends in case you run into a challenging situation.
Practice Self Care
Summer is often the time when we cut free from the confines of a regular schedule to enjoy the long, lazy days of the season. However, eating regular, nutritious meals and getting sufficient sleep are essential components to your recovery. Don’t neglect your self-care habits this time of year, even if your schedule tends to fluctuate. In fact, now is the perfect time to incorporate new healthy habits like outdoor exercise into your daily routine.
Develop a New Interest
Once you are in recovery, you will realize just how much of your time went into supporting your drug or alcohol abuse. Now that you are no longer using or drinking, you may find you have a lot more free time on your hands. Since boredom can be a detriment to a healthy recovery process, fill that extra time with a new hobby or activity that will engage your mind and body and keep you from thinking about drinking or using.
Keep Your Support Network Close
No matter where your summer plans might take you, keep your support network close at hand. Take a supportive friend with you to social events where drinking or using might be involved. Keep phone numbers easily accessible, in case you need to call someone in your network. Find time to continue attending meetings and look for activities and events that specifically cater to the sober crowd.
Summer can be a difficult time for those in recovery, especially those that are still in the early stages of the process. With a little planning, you can anticipate many of the challenges that could arise to ensure your summer is safe and sober. To get additional information or support, contact Pasadena Recovery Center at 866-663-3030.