The widespread drug use may deter a number of people in recovery from attending these types of events - sound judgement if you are in early recovery. However, there are thousands of people in recovery who travel to music festivals and manage to maintain their sobriety. At more than a dozen music festivals this summer, volunteer sober groups will be present, flying yellow balloons (the symbol of sober groups) to alert those in recovery that a safe place is near, The New York Times reports.
This summer onsite sobriety support systems can be found at several of the most popular events, including:
- Lollapalooza in Chicago
- Outside Lands in San Francisco
- Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas
- Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, California
It is nearly impossible to stop the flow of drugs into summer music festivals, but it is possible to stay sober and have fun at the same time. Event promoters provide sober groups space, equipment and marketing. If you are planning to attend such an event this summer and you are in recovery, keep your eyes posted for the yellow balloons.