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Navigating a Sober Summer

Summertime is the season for fun in the sun! But it can also be a time of heightened risk for those recovering from addiction. There are many things to enjoy during the summer months, but it’s important to remember that our old triggers might be waiting for us around every corner, and we may need to plan on how to navigate a sober summer.

From opportunities involving day drinking or invites from friends who drink, it is important to be aware of these triggers and have a plan in place to deal with them.

Let’s explore some of the most common summer triggers and provide helpful tips on how to stay strong and on track during this time.

Day Drinking

One of the most common triggers during summer is day drinking. Whether it’s at the beach, at a cookout, or just hanging out with friends, there are plenty of opportunities to drink during the day during summer.

If you’re feeling tempted to drink, try to find a non-alcoholic beverage that you enjoy and can drink in place of alcohol. If you’re at a party or bar, try to stay in well-lit areas and avoid places where people are doing drugs. It’s also important to have an exit plan in place so you can leave if things start to get too risky.

Friends Who Drink

Summer is also when we might see old friends we haven’t seen in a while.

If you have friends who drink, be honest with them about your sobriety and set boundaries ahead of time. Explain that you still want to spend time with them but won’t be drinking. This will help to avoid any awkwardness or tension later on.

Special Events

Summer is a popular season for special events, like weddings, graduations, birthdays, and family reunions. While these events can be fun, they can also be triggers for those in recovery.

If you’re attending a special event this summer, try to find someone you can talk to about your sobriety goals. It’s also a good idea to have an escape plan if things get too overwhelming. You can also bring along a non-alcoholic drink to help you stay sober.

Music Festivals

It can be easy to get caught up in the party atmosphere and forget about your sobriety at music festivals with all the people and excitement.

If you plan to attend a music festival this summer, talk to your sponsor or counsellor about your goals for the festival and how you plan to stay sober. It’s also a great idea to bring along a sober friend who can help you stay accountable.

If you don’t feel ready for a major experience like this, that’s okay. There’s no shame in skipping the event altogether. The same goes for any of these potentially triggering summer events! Just be sure not to disconnect completely, and spend time with your support system. Putting your sobriety first does not have to mean social isolation or zero summer fun.

Stay Strong and Sober All Summer!

Summer is a time for fun, which means it’s also a time to be vigilant about our triggers. By being aware of the most common summer triggers and having a plan, we can stay on track and enjoy all that summer offers!

Remember that you’re not alone, no matter what summer throws your way. With adequate planning and preparation, you can stay strong and sober all summer long!