Tips for a Sober Summer: Enjoy All the Upstate Has to Offer Without Compromising Your Sobriety

July 11, 2024

Summer can be a daunting time for those in recovery or even those simply looking to drink less. In a culture where activities are often planned around alcohol, it can be difficult to find opportunities to socialize, explore, and beat the heat without succumbing to the need to have a drink in hand. One Greenville recovery center is offering tips to avoid this issue this summer.

Recovery Centers of America at Greenville, a leading provider of comprehensive addiction treatment services including both inpatient and outpatient care, has shared useful tips for maintaining sobriety this summer by recommending various substance-free activities located here in the Upstate.

“At RCA, we advocate for sober summer activities as a testament to the strength and resilience of individuals choosing a healthier path,” says CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Greenville, Lisa Goodnough. “Our tips aim to inspire substance-free adventures and meaningful experiences that nourish the mind, body, and spirit in the vibrant Upstate community.”

RCA’s 2024 Sober Greenville Summer Tips

  • Rent a bike to ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. – Explore the 28-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail by bike, starting in Greenville along the Reedy River and extending to Traveler’s Rest. Biking on the trail can boost your mental and emotional well-being, providing a healthy distraction from triggers and cravings.
  • Float down the Saluda River. – Looking to beat the summer heat? Floating down the Saluda River is an ideal way to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a relaxing activity that can help you manage triggers without traveling far. Immersing yourself in nature is a wonderful way to avoid societal pressure and maintain sobriety.
  • Spend the afternoon having a picnic and reading at Unity Park. – Spend an afternoon at Unity Park with a book and a picnic. Don’t forget your picnic blanket! Summer is a perfect time to indulge in hobbies and soak up some Vitamin D. With 60 acres of space, Unity Park offers plenty of room to practice sober habits and soak in nature.
  • Go climbing at Flying Rabbit Adventures. – Feeling adventurous? Visit Flying Rabbit Adventures near downtown Greenville. This three-story, tree-spanning obstacle course features 60 unique athletic challenges. Taking on new adventures can enhance both your emotional and physical well-being.
  • Take a cooking class at The Cooks’ Station. – Food is a universal language for many, so take one of the many classes that The Cooks’ Station has to offer! Cooking is a great way to keep your mind busy while also having fun, learning a skill, and enhancing your creativity!

If you or your loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and need help, the staff at Recovery Centers of America is available 24/7. Call 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-722-2669) for help today.



Recovery Centers of America (RCA) is on a mission to help 1 million patients achieve lifelong recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions – one neighborhood at a time. The RCA Care Model features a clinically proven, full continuum of inpatient and outpatient services at 12 world-class facilities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeast regions. RCA admits patients 24/7, accepts most insurances, and provides transportation, intervention and family support services when needed. RCA is proud to have several of its sites recognized multiple times in Newsweek’s America’s Best Addiction Centers rankings for excellence. For inquiries or admissions, call 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-572-2669).