Summer – school and the sun are out! It’s a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm temperature. However, with summer comes a number of relapse triggers. So, it can be a more challenging time of the year to stay sober. Fortunately, there are some things you can do as a person in recovery to give yourself the motivation and encouragement necessary to remain sober and still have fun this summer.
Some of the things you can do to stay sober this summer can include:
Making a Plan for how Your Summe Will Go
When you are organized and plan your summer, you’ll have less time to sit around or jump on last-minute plans when you’re bored. Making a plan for what you want to do this summer can give you a solid schedule that you can stick to. And, prevent you from getting off track with your recovery goals. So, before you start your summer, make sure you plan for what you want to do every day including exercising, planning meals, taking trips, having spa days, going for walks in nature, and whatever else you find joy in that isn’t a relapse trigger.
Don’t Lose Track of Your Support
Maintaining support is especially crucial in times that are more triggering, like the summer months. So, during the summer, don’t lose track of the support that you need for your recovery. This can include friends and family who know about your sobriety and encourage you to stay sober. And, your therapists and peers in your support network who understand and encourage your recovery goals. When you keep your support close, even if you’re struggling, you can find a helpful outlet to utilize in order to maintain your sobriety and keep going.
Know What to do in Times of Crisis
There will be time on your recovery journey when you run into relapse triggers and will have to handle them in order to protect your sobriety. In these moments, it’s important to utilize coping mechanisms that you know work for you. Some of the strategic coping strategies to use in times of crisis may include:
- writing down how you feel, why recovery is important to you, and words of encouragement to yourself
- getting out into nature and staying mindful of the present
- using exercise or yoga as relaxation and release techniques
- practicing artistic hobbies that keep you mindful (painting, drawing, etc.)
When you learn how to use coping skills rather than give in to relapse triggers, you’ll be able to better manage the emotions you feel and get past these rough moments in time. During times of crisis, it’s important to remind yourself of why you’re in recovery and why it’s important for you to stay sober. This way, you can prevent yourself from going down the road of relapse and remain sober.
Getting Help for Substance Use Disorder During Summer Months
Because school is out and many employers give people less work in the summer months, this makes it a great time of the year to reach out for substance abuse help. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to find your support system and the guidance necessary to make life-altering changes that can improve your mental and physical health for the remainder of your life.
Willow Place for Women is a women’s-only outpatient mental health treatment facility that helps women living with substance abuse disorder find the support, resources, and education they need to manage symptoms of SUD and live a life of sobriety. Find out more about our outpatient treatment programs and our facility from our website today.