Under the premise of happiness, addiction ultimately steals joy from everyone it ensnares. Don’t let it keep you from enjoying a fun-filled summer. Whether you’re on a personal journey toward sobriety or have yet to declare war on the substance that holds you captive, summer can be fun entirely free from your Drug of Choice (DOC). Unconvinced? Read on.
Alcohol-Free Summer Fun
- Flip the Script
If you’re in recovery, you probably recall the many times you planned each and every activity around drugs or alcohol. Proximity to a dealer or liquor store may have driven you to choose one particular vacation destination or event over another. You probably knew right where to go to get the party started. Now that you’ve decided to take your sobriety seriously, you no longer need to feel constrained by a substance. There’s real freedom in that realization. Without addiction clouding the view, your options are virtually limitless. Feel free to think outside of the box.
Even as you’re trying to avoid returning to old patterns, your circle of friends or family may not understand or appreciate your commitment to be dry. In fact, they may even try to hand you something at a barbecue out of force of habit or a vain attempt to practice hospitality. Know what you’ll say well in advance of such an offer. Preparation is crucial. You may even find it helpful to role-play just a scenario before heading to a picnic or family reunion. After all, practice makes perfect!
- Start Over
We have nothing against your old group of friends. But let’s be honest. If they still drink or use drugs, you will likely need to let them go. As harsh as that may sound, it’s important that you develop new relationships with people who won’t tempt you to abandon your resolve. In many cases, change is good. For this very reason, many MFI alumni form lasting relationships with each other which last long after they complete their programs. While in treatment, clients enjoy several alcohol and drug-free field trips, which demonstrate just how much fun it is to enjoy life when you’re sober. Most say they enjoy the fact they can fully engage in activities and vividly remember people and places the next day. What’s more, they don’t miss the associated hangovers!
- Get Fit for Fun
Shun sedentary activities like watching television for summer hobbies that get your blood pumping. Have you ever tried rock climbing or riding in a canoe? Inebriated California natives often fail to take advantage of the myriad of outdoor events available to them. In addition to getting you out of the house so you can get Vitamin D, strenuous outdoor activities promote heart health. So, venture into the great wide open and start enjoying life!
- Challenge Yourself
Make 2019 the year you not only started your new life of sobriety, but also when you tackled a significant goal. Write it down or tell a friend so you’ll stick to your commitment. Whether you decide to try to run a marathon for the first time in your life or read three novels, do something that will distract you from the way you used to do life. Achieving something you value will make you feel good about yourself. And sobriety will open new windows of opportunity you never knew existed.
Have a safe and fun sober summer!
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.