With summer 2021 underway, you may be wondering about some Denver sober activities and groups. Summer is a difficult time for staying sober, especially if you have a dual diagnosis. Our sober community at CeDAR hosts events throughout the year to help people connect and focus on recovery. That may be the key to supporting both your sobriety and your mental health this summer.
Hang Out with a Sober Friend
Chances are you have met one or two people in your recovery that you consider friends. Ask them what they’re up to. You can plan a get-together that helps both of you stay on track. You could have a barbecue or head to the pool. As long as you are together, you will be less likely to drink alcohol or do drugs.
Talk to Family and Friends Ahead of Time
The people in your life should be willing to support your sobriety, even if that means passing on beer this summer. It is up to you to communicate that you are only interested in sober activities.
Please don’t show up at a family gathering assuming they won’t have alcohol. A quick conversation ahead of time can let you know where they stand on the subject. If they don’t want to have a sober event, you will have to think of something else.
Host Your Own Sober Celebration
If you are the host of the party, then you get to decide whether there will be alcohol or not. When you make your invitations, it’s important to verify that this is a sober celebration. That should keep anyone from bringing their own beer and wine to your party.
By making it clear that you are maintaining your sobriety and need their support, you will encourage them to come and celebrate with you.
Take a Friend
If you think you want to go to a party, even if they might service alcohol, bring a friend with you that will hold you accountable. It might be your sponsor from a peer support group or maybe just a sober friend or family member. Knowing someone is there to keep you on track will allow you to relax and have some holiday fun without drinking alcohol.
Have an Exit Plan
It’s good advice to always have an exit plan when spending time with friends and family who drink. An exit plan is a way for you to leave the celebration if you get a craving.
Some ideas for exit plans include:
- Having a friend escort you out if necessary.
- Arranging in advance to call someone to come get you.
- Bringing your own car, so you can leave on your own.
- Keeping a rideshare app on your phone in case you need to get home.
- Research where the nearest bus, subway, or taxi stop is near the party.
The goal is to have a way to leave the celebration should you decide it is necessary.
Visit Our Aurora CO Detox & Residential Drug Rehab
If you are struggling to maintain your sobriety or do relapse, CeDAR can help. We offer a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program that provides a full continuum of care.
Services at CeDAR include:
- Residential treatment with gender-specific living arrangements
- Partial hospitalization
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Family therapy
- Outpatient services
- Residential medical detox
If you are CeDAR alumni, we might even be offering sober activities to enjoy this summer. You won’t know unless you ask.
Alcohol does not have to define your summer. Give us a call at 720.848.3000 or go online and fill out our contact form to find out more about CeDAR.