When in recovery, you must remain mindful of your triggers and surroundings at any given time. However, as the summertime rolls around, you may find it increasingly challenging with all the seemingly endless parties and events. But, you do not have to avoid all social gatherings altogether. Below are some tips to help you deal with summer parties and enjoy your summer without relapse.
- First and foremost, consider the type of party you attend.
Always remember why you’re in recovery in the first place. If the party is likely to be a trigger for you or put you in an unsafe environment, it may be best to steer clear. On the other hand, if it’s a small gathering of close friends or family who support your recovery, this could be the ideal opportunity to socialize and have some fun.
- Have a plan.
No matter what kind of party you’re attending, it’s always a good idea to have a plan. Know what you will do and how you will act if someone offers you a drink or drugs. You must have a script in your head of how you will politely decline. Rehearse it with a friend or family member ahead of time if you need to. This way, you’ll be prepared when the situation arises and less likely to give in to temptation.
- Set boundaries
It’s also important to set boundaries with friends and family members who may not be as supportive of your recovery. If you feel like someone is constantly pressuring you to drink or do drugs, it’s OK to distance yourself from them – at least for now. You can always explain your situation to let them know you are not ready to socialize with them yet.
- Take your feelings into account
Before committing to any party, it is essential to check in with yourself and see how you’re feeling. If you’re not up for it, that’s OK. There is no shame in admitting that you need some time to yourself. It is better to stay home and relax than to force yourself into a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Have an exit strategy
Sometimes things can still go out of hand, regardless of your plans. When you find yourself in a triggering situation or feeling like you’re about to relapse, it is critical to have an exit strategy. It could mean leaving the party early, calling a friend or family member to come to pick you up, or even going to a meeting. Whatever it is, make sure you have a plan to get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
Summertime doesn’t have to be a trigger for relapse. With some planning and consideration, you can stay on track and enjoy your summer without worry.
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