For many who are in recovery, the summer months can provide a substantial trigger to relapse. Social summer gatherings like summer music festivals, the beach, and neighborhood BBQ’s can present a myriad of temptations. While the prospect of attending these summer functions may pose significant concerns, these activities can also be a source of relaxation and enjoyment. If you are in treatment, you may already have your schedule planned for you. The following are some examples of warm-weather activities that can be enjoyed in recovery:
Some of the most satisfying summer activities don’t involve being in a group. One example of an enjoyable solo summer activity is going to the park and enjoying a great book. You can also people watch from a local coffee shop or eatery that has an outdoor patio. Additionally, you can attend free community events, church festivals, or other gatherings solo. Doing so may be a great way to meet new people and make friends.
The Family Fun Center
Other great summer activities that can be enjoyed clean and sober is engaging in activities provided by the local family fun center. These centers may offer paintball, laser tag, arcade games, go-carts, and other family-centered activities. Don’t have a family of your own? You can always join the neighbors or friends’ family for a fun night out.
Farmers markets, outdoor flea markets, and swap meets can provide those in recovery with outlets to explore and possibly find new creative outlets for possible hobbies. For example, local farmers markets provide farm-fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, which may help you to embrace better nutrition. The items found at flea markets, swap meets, and garage sales may encourage you to take up hobbies like restoration, or crafts.
Exercise not only provides a flood of dopamine and other natural “feel good” chemicals to the brain and body, it can also be a great way to meet new people that have healthy lifestyles and mindsets. Many communities may have informal running or biking clubs that you can join. If your fitness levels increase, you could sign up for a half-marathon, zombie run, or enter in Tough Mudders. Additionally, you can take advantage of the local scenery by hiking, rock climbing, or even taking your dog for a stroll.
You can rent a canoe, kayak, go paddle boarding, surf or swim in the ocean, or take a dip in the pool. Water parks can be another fun activity if you have some extra cash and are up for an adventure.
Concerts and Festivals
Outdoor concerts and festivals can be dangerous for those in recovery because of the number of people and casual drug use. However, these events can be safe and enjoyable when you attend with others who may be sober or with trusted friends. Many of the major festivals may have online message boards and, as an option, you may want to organize a group of sober festival goers.
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