Tips for Staying Sober During Summer Fun

June 23rd, 2015 in General Counselling

f you are trying to stay sober through summer, you may have noticed that it can be quite challenging. Many people view summertime as a season of indulgence, including drinking to excess — or simply just drinking freely, which can be very tempting for someone attempting sobriety!

While it may be a challenge, staying sober during summer fun is definitely not impossible, and if it’s something that is important to you, you should arm yourself with tips and techniques to have a safe, sober, and fun summer.

One of the easiest ways to stay sober is to simply avoid places where people are going to be drinking — if there is no temptation around you, it’s much easier to resist the urge! Surround yourself with fellow sober people, stay away from triggering locations and events, and put a strong focus on finding summer fun that is alcohol-free. There are plenty of festivals, shows, and other events that are family friendly, which typically means less, or no drinking.

If you want to attend events and places where people will be drinking, you may be able to do so while remaining sober. Just make sure that you have a strong support team. If you feel tempted, make sure there’s someone you can talk to, and be sure that the people around you will not tempt you themselves, on purpose or inadvertently. Go out with people you trust, and who understand your sobriety journey and view it as important.

Check in with any support groups, counsellors, or other networks that can keep you feeling strong. Building these check-ins into your regular routine keeps you accountable to someone other than yourself, which can go a long way toward staying sober.

Finally, remember that staying sober doesn’t mean having a boring summer!