Five Tips for Summer Sobriety for the Recovering Alcoholic

Dr. Purushothaman
September 12, 2013

For those recovering from an alcohol addiction, summer traditions can be a relapse waiting to happen. Here are 5 tips to help you remain sober.
For many Americans, the warm summer days mean relaxing vacations, carefree outings to the beach, boating trips to the lake and backyard barbeques. However, for those recovering from an alcohol addiction, each of these summer traditions can be a relapse waiting to happen - if you aren’t prepared. Family and friends may unknowingly - or even knowingly - provide pressure that undermines your sobriety. Temptation is everywhere accompanied by unwise advice, like "just one beer won't hurt." Many uninformed people don't understand the ongoing struggle or the will power needed to continue on a successful path of recovery.
The following tips will help you remain sober, no matter what your summer plans include.
1. Think about your vacation destination - If you are recovering from an alcohol addiction, you probably do not want to cruise or stay somewhere (like Vegas) where drinking is one of the main attractions. This is especially important for those in the early stages of recovery, as the temptation may be more than you can handle.
2. Plan an exit strategy - Whether you are on vacation or in at a neighborhood backyard barbeque, you should always have an exit strategy. Avoid people who are harassing you to drink. Be prepared to leave or to tell them why you aren’t drinking. Don’t give in to the “one drink won’t hurt” mentality. Your sobriety is much more important than anyone’s definition of a “good time.”
3. Don’t push yourself - Only you truly know how much pressure you can take and what situations lead you to temptation. Avoiding these situations is key to staying sober this summer. Be honest with yourself. It is important for you to know how much you can handle so you don’t try to do more.
4. Bring your support along - If you want to go to a barbeque or go on a trip but feel you might be tempted, bring someone you can trust along to keep you accountable. Knowing that there is someone with you can be a great encouragement when turning down drinks. You should also be honest with them if you need to leave and include them in your exit strategy.
5. Get plenty of rest - Don’t commit to doing more than you should. Activities in the sun can be physically draining. If you are tired, your resolve may not be as b. Make sure you have had plenty of rest before participating in any summer activities where you may be tempted to drink.
Just like any other time of the year, the most important tips for staying sober and avoiding relapse involve being honest with yourself, planning ahead and having a trusted support group.
At Gallus Detox, we are committed to helping you recover from your drug or alcohol addiction. We have a staff of caring medical professionals ready to help you realize your dream of living addiction-free.

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