Many people in recovery find that summer is the hardest time of year to stay sober. This is the case because summer is generally associated with outdoor gatherings, graduation parties and other celebrations where alcohol tends to flow freely. Plus, people have more free time in the summer, which means there are more opportunities to hang out and drink alcohol.
But what happens when you are in recovery and trying to navigate the summer months – sober? Is there a way that you can enjoy all that summer has to offer but without the alcohol? Yes, but it does require you to have a positive mindset and to embrace alternative activities and experiences. Your summer will look different, but it can still be fun, relaxing and memorable.
As we approach the summer months, here are some of our best tips for staying sober.
Discover New Outdoor Activities
One of the best ways to embrace a sober summer is by exploring the abundance of outdoor activities available. Not all activities are an option when the weather turns colder, but the summer has few limitations. You can engage in activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, paddleboarding or simply taking a leisurely walk on the beach.
While you’re outdoors, be sure to embrace the natural beauty around you and connect with nature. Nature reduces stress, increases well-being and resets many of our natural rhythms. Plus, when you’re spending time outside, you’re keeping yourself busy instead of at home and bored, thinking about alcohol.
Plan Sober Social Gatherings
Instead of relying on alcohol-centric events, plan sober social gatherings with friends and family. Organize picnics, barbecues or beach days where the focus is on food, games and shared experiences. If you don’t have friends and family you can invite, reach out to the members in your support groups.
Encourage everyone to bring non-alcoholic beverages, refreshing mocktails or homemade lemonades to enjoy throughout the day. By creating an alcohol-free environment, you’ll be able to connect with friends and loved ones on a deeper level and build stronger relationships.
Attend Sober Events and Support Groups
Summer offers an array of sober events and support group gatherings. Look for local sober meetups, community events or outdoor yoga and meditation sessions. Engaging with like-minded individuals who are also embracing a sober lifestyle can provide a sense of camaraderie and support.
Not to mention, being with others is better than sitting at home feeling lonely and isolated, even if it is new and different. And, you’ll have the opportunity to make new connections and expand your sober support network, which will come in handy during all times of the year!
Focus on Wellness and Self-Care
Use the summer season as an opportunity to prioritize your wellness and self-care. Take time for activities that promote relaxation, such as reading a book in a hammock, practicing yoga or indulging in a spa day.
Explore new hobbies or revisit old ones that bring you joy and fulfillment. As you do this, you’ll get to know yourself better and work on some of the skills that are important to you. By investing in your well-being, you’ll create a strong foundation for a fulfilling and balanced sober summer.
Explore Cultural and Artistic Experiences
Summer is a great time to enjoy cultural and artistic experiences, from outdoor concerts and music festivals to art exhibitions and theater performances. Take advantage of these opportunities to immerse yourself in the arts and appreciate the creativity around you.
When you attend cultural and artistic events, you can broaden your horizons, stimulate your senses and create lasting memories without the need for alcohol. You also get to learn a lot of things that you wouldn’t have had interest in when you were drinking, giving you a new perspective on life.
Give Back to the Community
Volunteering and giving back to the community can be immensely rewarding and fulfilling. Use your sober summer as a chance to contribute to a cause close to your heart. Engage in community service, participate in charity events or volunteer at local organizations.
Contributing to the well-being of others not only strengthens your sense of purpose but also provides a meaningful way to spend your time during the summer season. As you find things that you are passionate about, you can become a regular and help out during other times of the year.
Build Your Support Network for a Sober Summer
Embracing a sober summer is an opportunity to explore new possibilities, nurture your well-being and deepen your connections with others. And if you need help along the way, Pura Vida Recovery is here for you.
Not only do we offer detox and outpatient rehabilitation services in Santa Rosa CA, but also we provide sober housing. Some clients need this time to adjust to living in the real world without drugs or alcohol. With our support, you can focus on rebuilding your life and enjoying a safe and sober summer.
To learn more about our services and how you can utilize them over the next few months, contact Pura Vida Recovery today.