It may be September, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over, especially in Southern California. The weather – and water – are still plenty warm, and that means time for celebration. But summer shindigs can be stressful for individuals in recovery because they often mean alcohol. Many people use parties as an excuse to let loose and drink a little more than they should. This can lead to tempting situations that can derail the sobriety you have worked so hard for.

Don’t let it.

You can still have fun and enjoy the summer without any alcohol involved. Focus on spending time with friends who respect and support your recovery lifestyle and are up for having substance-free fun. Create delicious mocktails or meet up first thing in the morning for coffee instead. Here are some other ways to make the most of summer in sobriety:

Enjoy the Water

Spend time swimming. It’s not only great for your physical health, it’s good for mental health too. Being in the water can be very relaxing and help you to de-stress, plus it’s gentle on your joints. Schedule time each day to go to the pool or beach and work out. Don’t forget surfing too! It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn a new hobby and give yourself something to work toward. You can wind down by curling up in the warm sun with a good book or some of your favorite music.

You can also take advantage of the soothing sounds of the water as you meditate or practice yoga. Let the gentle waves help you to clear your mind and focus on having a more positive outlook.

Host Your Own Party

If you know there will be alcohol – or people who are poor influences – at the parties you’re invited to, decline and host your own instead. Fire up the grill, turn on some music, and invite people you trust. You can also have plenty of games and activities such as cornhole, horseshoes, or Jenga. Put the focus on something other than drinking. Let others know that you’ll provide beverages, but they can bring a dish to share if they want. This can give you a little more control over the environment


Spend your free time volunteering and giving back to the community. Summer is often a busy time for many non-profits, especially as children head back to school and the weather is nice for working outdoors. Find opportunities in areas that interest you, whether it’s working with animals, sorting donations at a food bank, helping to build a new playground, or mailing out flyers for an awareness event. Not only can it give you a sense of purpose, it can also be rewarding to see the difference you’re making.

If summer has been stressful and you find you’re getting off track with your recovery, re-center yourself with help from Seacliff Recovery Center. Whether you could benefit from detox, outpatient treatment, sober living, or other support, we’ll work with you to meet your needs so you can continue moving forward in recovery. Wrap up your summer by ensuring that recovery is still your top priority and getting the help you need at Seacliff.

If your drinking has become problematic, or you could benefit from additional support in recovery, reach out to Seacliff today!
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