As the warmer weather sets in, calendars get packed with social engagements like weddings, neighborhood BBQs, family reunions, vacations, nights by the campfire and days by the water. For a person affected by substance use disorder, these types of fun activities can often pose unwelcomed stressors and triggers that could potentially threaten their sobriety and recovery.
The good news is that with some easy planning and preparation, we can keep healthy boundaries while enjoying summer fun throughout the season.
Forget the ‘lazy, hazy days of summer’—and keep your routine!
Sure, it’s easy to skip a support meeting or two when your schedule gets busy. But remember, YOU are top priority. It’s important keep your sobriety routine in check by continuing to attend any groups and/or meetings to help you feel supported and accountable. By keeping a routine, you will set yourself up for success in your recovery journey.
Take the lesson, ‘Always be prepared,’ to heart!
‘Always be prepared’ rings true—no matter what time of year it is. By planning ahead and being prepared for a variety of situations, you can ensure you have the tools you need to continue with your sobriety. Heading to a BBQ? Don’t forget the hot dogs AND your non-alcoholic drinks. Time for your family reunion? Talk to your support system to let them know your needs before you arrive. Choose activities without drugs and alcohol to avoid any situations that may put you in an uncomfortable or awkward position. And finally—have an exit strategy so that you have control to leave any environment at any time.
Selfcare. Repeat. Selfcare.
Yes, we know that getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising are good for us. But did you know that by taking care of yourself you can make sure that you are in the best condition to maintain your recovery? Managing your health lends to improved mood, better resiliency, and stronger emotional wellbeing.
Remember the most powerful four-letter word: H-E-L-P.
Asking for help is not a sign of failure or weakness. Knowing and honoring your limits is one of the strongest things a person can do. If you find yourself struggling or in a situation where your sobriety is compromised, reach out to your treatment provider or support network immediately.
Summer is a great time of year to head outside, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. It’s also the right time to recommit to a life of recovery by maintaining healthy boundaries, surrounding yourself with support and remembering that you are worth it.
At Gaudenzia, we are committed to providing support and treatment for substance use disorder and mental health disorder recovery. Our 24-Hour Treatment and Referral HelpLine is available every day of the year to help you and your loved ones in their journey. Call 833.976.HELP (4357) or email [email protected].