This doesn’t even include barbecues, pool parties, late nights, and beach days. Summer may be a time to soak up the sun and have a good time, but it doesn’t have to include alcohol. As a faith-based treatment center in Pompano Beach, we understand that it can be difficult to avoid drinking in the summer when are you are a newly recovering addict, but we have a few tips on how to have a fun and sober summer.
The best way to stay sober this summer (or all year for that matter) is to avoid situations, people, and environments that will create drug triggers for you. For recovering alcoholics, this will probably include bars, clubs, and the people you used to drink with. Instead, try these alternatives.
If you just completed treatment like our Christian recovery program in Florida, you should know a group of people who are going through the recovery process as well. Lean on each other for support. You will have a group of people to spend time with doing sober activities together as well as people to hold you accountable.
Especially if you went through faith-based addiction recovery, you are probably looking to continue your relationship with God. Not only will you strengthen your faith, but you will also be able to meet like-minded people that you can spend time with outside of Church. It will also be easy to stay sober this summer if you are busy with church activities and church-sponsored volunteer events.
Go somewhere away from where your former alcohol habit haunts you. Instead of walking by the same bars you used to frequent or the friend’s house where you used to party, you can get away. Participate in a church retreat to connect with Him or go on an outdoor adventure where you can find peace in the beautiful scenery surrounding you and give thanks to God.
While at a Christian rehab, you have almost your entire day planned out for you and filled with helpful activities. Continue to attend addiction recovery meetings in the area like the 12-Steps. If your friends are throwing a wild pool party, skip it and go to a meeting instead. By staying busy with a healthy routine, you are less likely to revert back to your bad habits.