SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING MAY NOT BE SO EASY
If you’re in the midst of recovery this summer, you may know how difficult it is to attend get- togethers and holiday parties, such as the 4th of July. During this occasion, the booze flows, and in some cases, so do the drugs.
And it’s tough: tough to watch, tough to not be part of, tough to know your mates and family are having a good time while you stand on the sidelines, begging your recovery to stay intact. In short, you worry about triggers such as the booze, the drugs, and even your friends having all the fun.
While in recovery, one of your main jobs is to not fall prey to these triggers. But how do you do so especially if you’re in the midst of recovery – and while it’s summer to boot?
THIS SUMMER DON’T LET DISTRACTION BE THE DEATH OF YOUR SOBRIETY
As you find yourself in the midst of a festive summertime atmosphere, once the alcohol and drugs make their appearance, it is important that you concentrate on your sobriety. Try to recall how you strived to get to the point where you no longer use substances. Then ask yourself if all that struggle and hard work is worth throwing away over one beer or a hit off a joint.
Remember, sobriety is not so easy to come by with most addicted people. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that 40%-60% of people relapse while in recovery. Don’t become one of these statistics simply because you lost concentration of your own sobriety.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SUPPORT GROUP
As summer drags on, and the parties add up all the way to fall and football season, the temptations to revert to your old ways may mount. Now might be a good time to get more cozy with your support group and or sponsor.
Stay in continual contact with your support group or sponsor on a weekly or biweekly basis. Be candid about your fears of relapse should you go (or continue to go) to summer events.
Also tell them what sort of summer events you are scheduled to participate in. Is it a concert, a rave, a simple beach or park party? If your support group or sponsor understands the type of event you’ll be attending, they may be able to further help you avoid the sensations that can lead to a relapse.
DON’T LIE TO YOURSELF
Don’t think you can have a little drink, a hit of something, do a line or anything else, and with that, everything will be fine. That’s a sucker’s game when in recovery. To begin with, everything is not fine because by taking that drink, that hit, or doing that line, you’ve effectively fallen from the wagon. Stay strong. You’ve got bigger plans in mind like staying sober and distancing yourself day-by-day, party-by-party, summer-by-summer from substance abuse.
Oh, and don’t bend in to that one douche who comes up to you with, “Come on, pal. It’s just one shot (of a bottle), hit (of a joint), line (of cocaine).” You already know you’re better off not going that route. You’re probably also better off ditching the guy who invited you to break your sobriety in the first place.
IF YOU’RE THAT SENSITIVE AVOID THE PARTY ATMOSPHERE ALTOGETHER
And then there’s the possibility you just might not be ready for summer’s festive atmospherics. You approach the thought nervously and the event tenuously. Well, if you want to turn around, forget the whole thing and return home for fear that trudging forward to that party may threaten your sobriety, by all means do so.
Remember, you must put yourself first in this new life’s stage. And what you want to achieve is something that only you can provide yourself. Sure, good people will offer support and stand behind you. Yet if you feel a summer party could endanger your sobriety, skip it and go to a safe place. (If you need suggestions, there are plenty of resources out there.) You’ll feel all the more empowered for doing so, giving your recovery a strong boost in the end.
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