Recovering addicts typically have a difficult time finding enjoyable activities to participate in that do not involve drugs and alcohol, trigger cravings, or take place in an environment that won’t compromise one’s sobriety. No matter the time, day, week, or month out of the year, individuals in recovery must constantly be on high alert and thoroughly examine their surroundings in order to avoid putting themselves in situations or around people that may instigate a potential relapse. This becomes significantly more challenging during the summer months, as the warm weather tends to make people more inclined to engage in activities that involve drinking and partying. The key to having a successful sober summer without the involvement of drugs or alcohol is to stay occupied. Individuals who experience a state of boredom are at a higher risk for relapse, and therefore keeping busy can prevent this. Fortunately for recovering addicts, there are a variety of options for enjoyable activities for them to choose from. Not only are these safe, fun alternatives to social gatherings involving drinking and illegal substances, but these options can also greatly benefit and further one’s recovery.
In addition to these useful suggestions for a sober summer, there is also outdoor activities such as going to the beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, going to a water park, camping, or attending a concert. It is important to stay active, be positive, and always plan ahead. Be sure to focus on bettering yourself more and more each and every day. Summer is much different for people who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, but a sober summer can still be just as enjoyable and entertaining.
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