Supporting Your Sobriety this Summer
As the pandemic comes to an end and we adjust back to "normal," it is important for those in recovery to prepare for potentially triggering environments. The experts at The Good Life Treatment Center here share some tips to help you to safeguard your sobriety as you enjoy the summer months.
Avoid Party Settings
Summertime means plenty of social gatherings and parties, especially as we slowly make our way out of a global pandemic. Although they are a great way to catch up with friends and socialize, the party scene isn't the best environment when you're trying to navigate the road toward recovery and sobriety.
While it’s more than okay to attend social gatherings, if you know that drugs or alcohol will be present—it may be in your best interest to sit this one out.
Choose Your Company Wisely
As the saying goes, your friends are a reflection of yourself and vice versa. When you’re trying to lead a sober lifestyle, it is important to pay close attention to the types of people you spend time with, especially if they drink or use drugs.
When spending time with other people who drink and use drugs, some of the common reasons people tend to relapse include:
- Peer pressure
- Feeling like you’re missing out on the fun
- Not wanting to disclose your decision to be sober
- Overestimating your ability to remain sober
When trying to work toward recovery and wellness, you need to surround yourself with people who respect your decision to be sober.
Spend More Time Doing Summer Activities
Boredom is another common culprit when it comes to turning to drug and alcohol use. With summertime meaning more time off from work, school, and other responsibilities, it is essential for you to fill your free time with constructive hobbies and activities.
Whether you decide to spend more time in nature or you pick up painting or photography—take the summer as an opportunity to try new things!
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way to live life.