I really love this time of year. Lovely long evenings, flowers are in bloom, nature is fully awake and there is always something to do or somewhere to go. In Ireland, if we are really lucky the sun might even shine. You are allowed to have fun in recovery so in this blog I wanted to write about protecting your sobriety over the summer.
As there are always festivals, concerts and a whole load of social activities running over the summer months it’s important that you take steps to mind your sobriety. The temptation to drink or use is always there but the risk increases when you are at an event, particularly when you are surrounded by people drinking and using. The question you have to ask yourself is ‘are you in a place in your recovery where you feel strong enough to resist and say no?’ So, if you are going to an event there are some things you can do to take care of yourself and of course enjoy every moment of it.
Surround yourself with family and friends who support your recovery. Identify in your group who won’t be drinking too much. There will always be someone and these people will encourage and support you if need be.
Before you go find out if there will be sober tents at the festival. If things get too boisterous at the main stage you can pop over to relax and unwind. Plus you will be surrounded by like-minded people.
Drink water to stay hydrated, especially in crowds and if the sun is shining. Treat yourself, have a mocktail or ice cream.
Relish it knowing that you will remember every single part of the festival because you are not drinking or using. Plus there’s no hangover the next day.
Have a contact list of people you can call if you need support. It can be a sponsor, family and friends. Anyone who supports you and your recovery. Mention to them before you go that you might phone them for a chat.
Have an option to leave just in case you begin to feel uneasy or your recovery is at risk. Before you go let your friends know this might happen, take your own car if necessary.
Never ever leave your drink unattended and don’t accept open drinks from anyone. Keep your drink with you at all times or spill it out if you have to.
Enjoy yourself. This is a must! Dance, sing, visit all the stalls and just have some fun. The best thing is you will remember enjoying every minute of the festival
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