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4 Ways To Have An Unforgettable Sober Summer In New Jersey

Going to treatment for a drug and alcohol addiction along with a dual diagnosis mental health issue is a challenge any time of year. During the summer, being “stuck in rehab” can feel especially challenging. Summer is full of temptations, making it the perfect time to be in a structured environment where you can heal, grow, and still have fun sober. Enlightened Recovery Solutions sits nestled between the greenlands and seaside of New Jersey in the quaint township of Egg Harbor. At less than 9,000 square miles in total coverage, it is easy to get from one end of New Jersey to the other or nearby states to have an adventurous memory filled summer while beginning your lifetime journey of recovery.


  1. Get into nature for total healing by hiking in the Pinelands National Reserve. Over a million acres of beautiful pines is home to streams, swamps, meadows, and more natural beauty to behold. Hiking in nature is a wonderful practice for mind, body, and research. Science has continuously proven that spending time in nature reduces stress, increases heart health, and can even improve body image. Green space is good for the mind, hiking is good for the body, and spending time in nature is good for the soul.
  2. Cool off and learn more about ocean life at the Aquarium in Atlantic City. Aquariums are the perfect summer attraction. No mind altering substances are needed to marvel at the depth of the ocean and all of the life within it. Spending time surrounded by the blue pools and natural water life will be equally as good for your holistic health as spending time in the green space outdoors. With New Jersey’s humid summers, the air conditioning will be a welcome relief as well. Some research has indicated that spending time in the ocean or aquariums teaching about the ocean increases empathy and compassion, as well as sparks a desire to participate in conservancy.
  3. Be loud and rambunctious at a Minor League game. The east coast is famous for hosting minor leagues during the summer and New Jersey is no exception. Though baseball games can include the sale of alcohol, going to baseball games with sober peers can be a great time. You’ll find you don’t need the alcohol to cheer on teams, dive into a famous ballpark hotdog, and root, root, root, for the home team. If they don’t win it’s a shame, but you’ll have no shame leaving the game clean and sober.
  4. People Watch At The Boardwalk: Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore are infamous party towns. At first, it could be triggering to spend times in these drug and alcohol saturated environment. Becoming more secure in your recovery, you might find it entertaining to people watch and witness the chaos. You’ll be thankful that isn’t you anymore and never has to be again.


The best way to have a great sober summer is through a trustworthy and reliable treatment program like Enlightened Recovery Solutions. Serving New Jersey with holistic care for addiction and dual diagnosis issues, we offer compassionate care and therapy designed to heal the spirit as well as the mind and the body. For information on our partial care programs, call us today at 833-801-5483.

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