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Sober Summers

Written by: Kenneth Lanning, CA, Caron Treatment Centers

1 Your Role
I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

For many of us alcoholics and addicts in early recovery, we can find it difficult to imagine enjoying a summer day without using drugs and alcohol. Allow me to share with you all how it is possible and the freedom that comes with it.

I came to the Caron in August of 2013 and, at that time, I never imagined it would be possible for me to enjoy going to the beach or fishing sober. My idea of having a good time came along with a cooler full of booze. Today, however, I am able to enjoy these activities without using drugs and alcohol. You may be wondering how. I learned a new freedom and new happiness by getting involved in a 12-Step program.

Here are five things that were taught to me:

1) I do not put myself in situations where there may be alcohol present.
2) I inquire who will be on the boat before I say yes to a full day of fishing.
3) I choose not to go with people who will be drinking. I surround myself with sober people. I found out that not everybody who goes to the beach or fishing will be packing a cooler full of alcohol and drugs.
4) I stay connected to my sponsor and friends in recovery. While on the boat and at the beach I make it a habit to use my phone and let others know how I am doing.
5) I bring my own refreshments and snacks to have throughout the day. That helps a lot.

These are things that I learned and that I practice. I hope they will work for you, too. Being prepared for a full day out on the water or on the beach is essential and gives me the freedom to enjoy myself.