There is a close and documented relationship between substance abuse and the Olympic games. An event that has long been associated with doping scandals, post-career painkiller and alcohol abuse and more, this relationship also affects spectators who are new to recovery and endeavor to stay clean during this ultra-celebratory atmosphere. Events like the Olympics and last night’s Super Bowl represent a prime opportunity to drink and engage in other forms of substance use cloaked in “celebration”. The Olympics render recovering substance users even more vulnerable because they’re two weeks of parties, gatherings and bar visits, as oppose to just one night of celebration.
The good news is that Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones for whom training and preparation are a way of life. Part of our ongoing recovering is applying the behavioral tools and strategies we gained in treatment to high-pressure situations that can potentially cause relapse. We should also be building on those tools with the doctors and therapists we connect with once we leave treatment. We can also improve our chances of a sober Olympics, and sober life, by increasing our attendance at meetings to gain the support and guidance we need to overcome temptation. These basic exercises in preparation may be what ultimately stand between continued sobriety and relapse.
If we’re like many, some of the Olympic-themed gatherings we attend during this year’s games will undoubtedly include alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. This means that wee have realistically evaluate our ability to encounter these substances without partaking and derailing the progress we’ve made since entering treatment. Recovery Unplugged Texas recognizes that recovering substance users may feel vulnerable to relapse during the Olympic games, and we are here to provide expert, comprehensive and music-based treatment in the event that you or your loved one need treatment. We wish all a happy, safe and sober Olympics.