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Tips for Protecting Your Recovery over the Summer

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Summer is fast approaching! Here are a few “survival tips” you can use to protect your recovery during the summer, as suggested by our illustrious TYR team. Remember though, the most important thing is to have as much sober fun as you can!

  • Stay connected with students in recovery, not only digitally, but via phone.
  • Check out other recovery resources near you, such as Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Focus on personal growth (such as SAMHSA’s 8 dimensions of wellness) by trying to incorporate as many of these dimensions as possible into your summer routine.

The eight dimensions of wellness are:

  • Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  • Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  • Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  • Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  • Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

Lastly, be aware of people and places, such as acquaintances or places that remind you of your pre-recovery lifestyle, as this could potentially be detrimental to your recovery.
We hope this helps you grow your recovery lifestyle during the long days of summer and we wish you a happy and fun-filled vacation!

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