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Sober Summer Fun in New Mexico

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Sober Summer Fun in New Mexico

In the Land of Enchantment, Summer reigns supreme—whether we’re cooling off at the pool, hosting backyard BBQ’s, or enjoying a nice restaurant patio, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of activities to keep us excited this season. It truly is the time of year in which we New Mexicans thrive…unless you’re someone in recovery, right?

While some have waited patiently in the last two years for the chance to leave the house again and socialize in ways we have not been allowed to (Thanks, COVID!), others may find themselves dreading the coming months, feeling anxious about how they are going to get through the summer while trying to maintain their recovery. Sure, there are plenty of activities going on, but finding those where drugs and alcohol are not present can be tricky, to say the least.

Whether you are early in recovery, years in, or are the family/friend/loved one of someone in recovery, the following list includes just a few ways you can get out there and re-join the world in social settings and have a fun, sober summer.

 

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market

What better way to celebrate our gorgeous state than to see and eat produce grown by hardworking, local farmers. When it comes to open-air markets, there are several to choose from. If delicious vegetation doesn’t get your motor running, keep in mind that many of these markets have a diverse selection of non-food goods for sale, art to view, and even live music.

 

Watch a Movie in the Park

Brought to you by Bernalillo County! Every Saturday for the remainder of July, movies will be shown on the big screen at various parks around the city. Family-friendly and just downright enjoyable, this activity is a great way to unwind and spend some time with friends, enjoying the sweet-smelling summer evening air. If you can’t make it to any of the scheduled showings, there might not be anything stopping us from gathering our favorite people and holding our own screening of the latest talkie while sitting on a blanket in the yard.

Official Movies in the Park Website

Having fun is a necessary part of recovery.

Museums: Art, Dinos, & Science, oh my!

When was the last time you took advantage of being within reach of multiple museums? With a free hour or two, you can have an amazing time while connecting to your inner-child/historian/nerd. If you’re caught between paydays and don’t exactly have the funds for admission, local libraries have available a FamilyPass that allows the borrower free admission to various cultural and historical sites all across New Mexico!

For those who like a good road trip, there are also plenty of great sites to see in places like Santa Fe and Madrid. Don’t forget to check out the websites of the museums, as many of them also hold special events outside of business hours that you might find interesting.

 

Support Local Artists

Maybe you’ve lost touch with your theater-kid roots. Maybe that was never a part of your routine. Either way, there’s no time like the present to support those who have made it their mission to express themselves and provide entertainment. Whether it’s through attending a local community theater production or going to a locally-owned cinema and watching a made-in-New- Mexico film, there are so many ways we can play a positive part in bolstering our community. Perhaps it will inspire you to take part in some way in the future!

 

Pools, Patios, BBQ’s

Hear me out—I know I started this article by mentioning how those in recovery might be wary of typical, summertime activities because of how closely-related they might be to drug and alcohol use. However, depending on your support system, these activities might turn out to be completely safe and enjoyable. A good, supportive friend or family member can be the difference between a triggering event and one that ends up being recovery-enforcing. For that reason, in many instances, it may be more about who we’re with, rather than what we’re doing. When it comes to recovery, it is up to the individual to decide what is now off-limits and what’s still on the table. As long as you keep communication open between you and your support people, your usual summertime fun might still be within reach.

 

A Note From Sage

Whatever you end up doing this summer, we here at Sage hope you can find a way to do it that keeps you safe and happy. Staying abstinent from drugs and alcohol does not have to mean staying inside and away from fun, social activities. After all, one of the most important aspects of recovery involves finding a new way to live life that feels fulfilling and enjoyable. In other words: Having fun is a necessary part of recovery. Activities sans substances might not initially feel enjoyable, but if you can be consistent and patient, this feeling will eventually become second nature again. When in doubt, start by surrounding yourself with like-minded, supportive people, and the fun is likely to follow soon.

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