Weddings, graduation, pool parties, festivals and family gatherings, summer is the ultimate party season and with the sultry weather often comes alcohol. And this year, it may be the first time you’re sober during all the fun. Summer parties can be very triggering for those in recovery, but with support, this season can still be enjoyable. From sunup to sundown, here are steps you can take that will help you or a loved one stay sober during the summer months.

Be honest. Being honest about the realities you are facing during the summer party season, and asking friends or family for help navigating this new sober terrain, can be essential during your recovery. Don’t feel guilty for being real about the situation and how they can help in making events more enjoyable for you. 

When you don’t know your host. When you don’t know the host, do a little recognizance mission to prepare you for the event. Ask questions like: what the food and drink status will be, party theme, how many people will be attending, and so on. Does it sound like a wild drink fest or a mellow gathering? Knowing what kind of party you are entering can help you prepare for the event and even decide if you want to attend. 

Strength in numbers. Have a friend or family member go with you to concerts, parties, or festivals who know you are in recovery and support your sobriety. Don’t go it alone.

Boundaries and an exit strategy. If you feel uncomfortable or tempted at any given moment during a summer activity or start noticing people getting out of hand around you – have an exit plan. Sometimes this involves saying goodbye earlier on in the night, and sometimes – you just leave. Don’t worry about what people think. Your sobriety is more important than always being polite.

Take alcohol out of the picture. Summer is a great time to start other non-alcohol related activities and hobbies such as hiking, yoga and wellness retreats, volunteering, book clubs, and even hosting a cool sober-themed party or barbecue – celebrating your new life!

Treatment for Addiction

Recovery is a lifelong process and challenges such as staying sober during the summer season will be part of your recovery process. Support and encouragement from loved ones during this time is essential and there are healthy ways to cope without using drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today. You are not alone.

If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843