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Summer’s Comin-Stay Sober with These Handy Tips

Ah, the beautiful summer days are nearly upon us with endless sunshine and plenty of parties and fun to be had. People love the summer activities and feeling of relaxation warmer weather brings. Cookouts, outdoor games, and plenty of trouble from temptation if you’re not careful. Learn how to stay sober this summer and still have fun with friends and loved ones.

Best Time for Sobriety

The summer is warm and inviting, but it also a less stressful time for most people. Everyone seems more apt to leave work earlier than usual to enjoy some sunshine. Worries seem to disappear and the chance to bond with friends and loved ones seems to expand. The following are some great tips for keeping this summer sober.

Set Limits

Anywhere you go, there will be triggers because alcohol (and maybe drugs) may be in full view. Set your phone or watch to tell you when it is time to leave. If people are getting drunk or it is too tempting, just leave. Find a reason and go.

Bring a Friend

Bring someone with youl who wants you to stay sober. It is always harder to say no when you’re alone than when you’re with someone else. Friends boost confidence but nobody will be able to accuse you of having nothing else to do when with a friend.

Stay Busy

The temptation is growing stronger with each moment you’re sober. If you are focused on sobriety, you will want to preoccupy yourself with something active. Tell your friends you want to play cards or check out a game on TV. The tip is to stay busy so drinking or using drugs is out of sight, out of mind.

Avoid Triggers

If you know going to parties in certain places with certain people is a trigger, don’t go. As a person in recovery, you have to make sacrifices to keep sobriety at front and center. The best way to stay sober is to avoid the old haunts and friends who trigger use.

Benefits

If you’re wondering whether it’s even worth staying sober in order to have summer fun, you’re right. It is totally worth it. Not having a hangover, withdrawal, going through detox, or rehab all over again is a huge benefit. You get to spend quality time with people you love, you save money, and you are as healthy as you’ve ever been. Don’t forget how you got here, but don’t dwell on it. Go out and have fun with friends, just keep it clean if you want to stay sober this summer.

If you are struggling with sobriety as summer looms, call us. Recovery is hard any time of year, but people can struggle with spring and summer because of all the triggers. We help you cope with those triggers so you can stay sober. If you need help, call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964