Relapse prevention can be particularly difficult during the summer months when we may feel more relaxed and less rigid about our behavior and routines. It is tempting to let your hair down over the summer, but remember preventing relapse requires your constant attention!
Summer is the famous season for backyard bar-b-ques and parties. Often these celebrations include tempting substances. Part of relapse prevention is learning to avoid the temptation all together. Remember, preventing a relapse and taking care of yourself should be your first priority, so remain true to yourself and learn to say “No, Thanks.” If you can’t avoid a situation with drugs or alcohol, bring a sober friend, a sober snack or a specialty non-alcoholic drink. You can be the life of the party without the substances.
If you’ve spent your previous summers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a sober summer is a daunting task. Fortunately, there are fabulous relapse prevention strategies and sober things to do in your own back yard that will keep you feeling happy and healthy.
Here are a few sober activity ideas:
Looking for more ideas? Contact your local tourism board and get a list of local events and activities for the summer.
You may be dreading the temptations of summer but you don’t have to. Recovery prevention is easier with the right tools and a clear strategy. Don’t skip your meetings over the summer and stay strict with your own behavior.
Many people relapse during the course of recovery, so do not despair if you’ve stumbled. It is never too late to seek treatment. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service drug and alcohol addiction and women’s health treatment facility in Florida for women who suffer from alcoholism, substance abuse and behavioral health issues.