Going to a large and famous music festival is bound to be a good time, but can you have fun even if you don’t end up using a bunch of drugs?
It is well-known that there are many different drugs to be found in the music scene, and it’s definitely not surprising to come across people who are stoned or high out of their minds. The real question here is, are music fests even fun if you are sober?
A sober music festival shouldn’t be such an abnormal sounding experience, not when there are plenty of people out there who don’t do drugs. The problem is that drug use at music festivals has been normalized far too much over the years, and people feel like they are expected to use.
This is why music festivals are not a great idea for those who are trying to remain sober because they can contain primary triggers for addiction.
What it Means
If you are a former drug addict then being around people who may be using or in a place where the drugs are easily accessible to you can be very dangerous. You could easily be encouraged to relapse, or do it when no one else is looking too.
Resisting the lure of the drugs can be challenging whether you have been sober for 1 month or 10 years, especially when it seems like everyone is having fun.
You may think you are strong enough, and you very well may be, but to found out you would be putting yourself at serious risk.
If you do decide to attend a music festival while sober, then there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Are You Ready
Figure out where you are in your recovery and if you’re ready. Giving up drugs shouldn’t mean that you have to give up everything you enjoy, even if that something is a music festival. Consult your substance use treatment plan and see if you might be at a stage where you would be able to handle being around people who might be using.
You also need to make sure that you understand your experiences sober will not match the experiences you had when you were using. Music festivals are often synonymous with using drugs and alcohol.
It can often feel like you can’t have a good time unless you are actively using drugs and alcohol, and if you feel that way, then you might not enjoy it sober or feel pressured to use.
Make sure to set up a plan in case there is an emergency. If you feel unsafe or like you might need drugs, then you need an easy way out. You don’t want to go with people where you don’t feel safe expressing your concerns, or stuck after you want to go because you don’t want to burden or bother them.
Talk About It
Be open about your sober living and talk to people about it. Most people won’t care if you say you are sober, and it will keep them from offering you drugs and alcohol. It also might help them watch out for you as well since you can never be too careful about the risks.
It is totally possible to attend a music fest sober and have fun, just make sure you prepare yourself for all the possibilities.