Tips to Staying Sober at Concerts
Here are five steps you can take to ensure that you stay sober during any concert you attend:
1. Be sure that you bring a sober support system along with you.
Everything is easier when you’ve got some sober friends in tow. Make sure that you bring some really solid supports along with you to the concert (preferably with much more time than you have). It’s also a good idea to have your sponsor on speed-dial in case you start to feel a little bit uneasy.
2. If you start to feel triggered or uncomfortable, have an escape route in place.
It’s absolutely crucial that you realize one of the best methods of relapse prevention is removing yourself from the situation swiftly and entirely. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you made a mistake and you aren’t quite ready to attend an event like a concert. Keep yourself safe from potential relapse triggers and practice self-preservation as far as your sobriety goes.
3. If you start to feel uneasy before the event – just skip it!
Check in with yourself a couple of hours before the event begins. Be honest with yourself and how you’re feeling. It might help to call a sober support and talk things through with them, or sit alone and meditate for 5-10 minutes.
4. Make sure you hit a meeting before and after the concert.
Making sure you bookend a potentially triggering event with two sober activities can make a world of difference. Go to a meeting before the event and share about your situation, being honest and open about the way you’re feeling and what concerns you might have. Hit a meeting the morning after the concert and share your experiences – what was difficult, what was fun. Even if your experience was purely positive sharing about it might inspire someone else!
5. Have fun!
If you go through the checklist and you feel comfortable on all fronts (and you’re doing what you need to do to take care of yourself) then just go and have fun! You deserve to do things that you enjoy, and you’ll find that doing these things in recovery with a sober mind and body will change the entire experience for the better.