If your summer plans used to be focused around beers on the lake or margaritas on the patio but they are now all about recovery and managing your addiction, the season of carefree fun can feel like anything but. While friends and family will no doubt be supportive of your choice to maintain a sober lifestyle, the backyard BBQs, Fourth of July celebrations and pool parties can make being sober seem like a drag.
Resisting the temptation to part with your friends or just have one drink is hard. Here are some tips to help you enjoy summer and stick to your recovery plan:
- Plan ahead. Whether you are going on vacation across the country or headed to a friend's house in a neighboring town for the day, know where your local support groups are or keep your sponsor or therapist's number programmed on your phone. Being prepared with this information means that you have a plan in case you find yourself tempted to use.
- Control your own beverages. Pack up the cooler with your favorite drinks and take them with you to the party. Tuck your cooler out of the way and only drink what you have brought or from cans and bottles you open yourself. While someone may not mean anything by handing you a can of soda with a little something extra in it, just the temptation of having it in your hand may cause a crisis and ruin your day.
- Focus on the fun. Headed to the beach or the lake with family? Take up the role of the tour director and schedule fun day trips, crazy family game nights or finally learn something new from a family member like the secret ingredient in grandma's cake or how to crochet from your aunt. Nothing says that your vacation has to involve or be focused on using.
- HALT. Keep this acronym in mind all summer. HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely or tired. These are the most common reasons that addicts use. When you feel yourself experiencing any of these sensations, remedy them with a coping mechanism or take a time out for yourself. Keep a snack with you during trips and activities so that you can nourish yourself and make it to the next meal with family or friends. If you need to call a sponsor or friend during your time out, you'll already be prepared with their number in your phone.
- Relax and enjoy. While being in recovery requires lots of intense work and energy, you do deserve to have a relaxing vacation. Develop new rituals for yourself on your vacation and rediscover activities and hobbies that you enjoy. Try something new or take a class in something that interests you while you are away.
- Make your recovery a priority. Make sure that you take time each day to use your coping skills and focus on your recovery plan and goals. As tempting as it is to skip appointments or check-ins, don't do it. Take the time and stay committed to your sobriety.
- Make alternative plans. If you anticipate that going to the same place you always have for vacation will be an issue or if meeting your friends for brunch or going to the movies alone will be hard, change it up! Suggest alternative plans or locations for your summer. While it may not always be this way, during your early recovery set and stick to your boundaries.
- Have a friend look out for you. While you are enjoying summer, have a friend who can help you stay accountable. Whether they attend parties with you, vacation with you, or simply check in to see how you're doing, work the buddy system.
- Be ready for questions. Friends and family who haven't seen you in awhile may have questions about your recovery. Be prepared to answer politely and with as much or as little detail as you are comfortable sharing.
- Honesty is the best policy. If you slip up, be honest. Know what you need to do to handle the situation right away and take the proper steps to ensure that the situation doesn't repeat itself.
At Legacy Freedom, we want you to have a fun and sober summer. We also know that if you're struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, now is the time to get help. We are not a twelve step program. Our approach to substance abuse and addiction recovery is unique. We utilize a holistic approach which allows us to treat you as a whole person, not just your addictions.
Addiction takes a toll on your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Our program assigns you a Life-Purpose coach who will help guide you through the recovery process every step of the way. We begin with your physical needs. Proper nutrition and physical therapy heal the sickness and injury done to your body by your addiction. As you heal your body, we heal your mind with one-on-one and group therapies. From getting to the root of your addiction to helping you find a supportive community to connect with, our therapeutic approach offers you the freedom to choose the right path for you and your needs.
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We proudly offer more than ten different alternative therapies to help restore your spirit and teach you ways to cope and learn valuable skills like trust, teamwork, and meditation. Whether you prefer equine therapy, adventure therapy, meditation, tai chi, yoga or aromatherapy, Legacy Freedom of Wilmington has a program to interest everyone. Rediscovering yourself, learning new abilities and living a sober and healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring. Your Life-Purpose coach and our variety of therapy options can make your recovery process challenging, rewarding and fulfilling.
Whether you have tried alcohol recovery programs before or are looking to make the change in your life for the first time, Legacy Freedom of Wilmington can help. Your journey to sober, purpose-filled living is just a phone call or a click away. Stop using and start living. Call Legacy Freedom today!