It’s that time of year again, when festival line-ups are released and we all start to get a bit too excited by how they’re shaping up. There are already some great acts scheduled in for the summer, and plenty of you will have already secured tickets to the many top festivals around the world.
For many, festivals are a time to indulge, both in drink and drugs, and every year you see casualties and people suffering because of it, whether that be through overdosing, or in many cases relapsing, after years without drugs or drink, temptation getting all too much.
So, should 2023 be the year you consider your first sober festival?
Well, there are few reasons for it not to be.
Of course, it isn’t easy. Drugs are prevalent at many festivals, and it’s where many people trace back their addictions too. Many rehab centres can trace a person’s ketamine addiction back to a drug-fuelled rave or festival, while it’s the same with alcohol too.
But what exactly are the benefits of going sober for a summer festival?
Festival comedowns are awful for all manner of reasons, but drugs and alcohol play a huge part in that. Even after day one, a heavy night can leave you feeling pretty rotten in the morning, and you’ve still got a good few days left to go.
Drugs and alcohol affect what will already be pretty messed up sleeping patterns, and by the end of the weekend you’ll be feeling tired and pretty broken. But actually, while you may think that’s normal, it doesn’t have to be, and a sober festival will certainly help in preventing it.
We become sluggish when our body is under the influence of substances, and slowing us down will typically end up with you missing loads of great acts. That’s for a number of reasons. Firstly, you won’t be able to get from A to B as quickly, and that can be problematic at major festivals, while also you’ll just feel a little lazier, then live to regret not seeing a certain set.
What’s more, you’ll likely explore areas of the festival you never knew existed, and what’s more give them your full focus and attention.
Alcohol can cost a lot of money at festivals, and if you’re drinking heavily, that’s a lot of do. In fact, by going sober at a festival, you can probably save enough money to be able to afford doing another festival!
You could save that money, or you could upgrade yourself to a bit of glamping. You’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep there!