A lot of times, summer is associated with things like sipping beers on the beach, having a margarita by the pool, and nights out dancing with a cocktail. But it is definitely possible to stay sober this summer, and we can help! Take a look at this top ten list of ways to lay off the drinks this summer. Make it a summer you won’t forget!

  1. Start volunteering

Staying sober is sometimes something that depends simply on keeping busy. Fill your days this summer with giving back to the community by volunteering. You can choose organizations that fit your interests – anything from doing a beach clean up to helping build houses. You can volunteer on your own, with friends, or with family members, and keep busy while also positively impacting your community.

  1. Host recovery groups and check-ins

Find a cool local coffee shop to host recovery meetings or check-ins for fellow recovering addicts. You get the benefit of finding a neat new place, supporting a local business, and providing support – while also receiving it – for your recovering friends and peers.

  1. Create or join a sober book club

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. There’s something about sitting on a front porch with a good book while the summer breeze rolls by that people just love. Search for sober book clubs in the area or even create your own! If you’re creating your own sober book club, maybe center on addiction recovery related books, like memoirs, to motivate and inspire the group, as well as to promote discussion about how members can relate.

  1. Get creative – learn a new skill!

It’s never too late to learn a new creative skill. Check out local writing or art classes – many times communities offer things like poetry, woodworking, ceramics, painting, or photography – to try something new or something that has always interested you. There are also things like acting lessons, cooking lessons, or writing workshops that you can attend. Local colleges, art museums, and libraries usually house these types of opportunities, so start your search there!

  1. Get your grill on

What better time of year is there than summer for you to dust off your grill and cook steaks, shrimp, salmon, and vegetables over an open flame? Enjoy a day in the sun with some grilled delicacies, or a cool summer night with friends in the backyard. Have friends bring anything imaginable to grill and host your very own grill get together.

  1. Check out a museum

Going to a museum in your city is probably one of those things you always tell yourself you want to do, but you never quite get around to it. Well, it’s time to change that! What is stopping you from experiencing some culture and knowledge? Heading to a museum is a great way to beat the heat this summer and experience some peace and quiet. Check out local art exhibits, presentations, or any other event that may catch your eye. Chances are, there are museums in your area that you didn’t even know existed!

  1. Hit the local parks and trails

The summer makes it easy to stay active, especially if you’ve got some great parks and trails in the area. Get a group of friends, fill up backpacks with snacks and water, put on your best hiking boots, and get going! Enjoy nature with your friends and experience a healthy activity for the day. Go climb mountains, hills, or whatever terrain is in your area. Enjoy the breeze, soak in the sun, and bask in the fresh air.

  1. Join recovery sports teams

Did you know these exist? Search online for some clean and sober sports teams in your area and join any the stick out to you. A lot of community teams do a little more beer drinking than sport playing, so keep your eye out for sober teams.

  1. Plant a garden

Keeping a garden is another great way to get outside this summer, and it will be a beautiful addition to your yard. Many people find planting and tending to a garden therapeutic, and seeing the progress of something you have planted is pretty rewarding. Try out different types of plants – flowers, vegetables, fruits, or trees – and see what works best for you.

  1. Find and attend a new recovery meeting

 Try out some new meetings and see how you like them. The summer is a great time to experience different groups of people and different meeting approaches – you may find something you really like. Try a different time of day than you normally would, or in a different part of town than your usual meeting spot. You may find a whole new world of meetings you never knew existed, and make some new friends along the way!