Now that you are drugfree, you need to find fun, sober things to do. There are ways to be social without substances, and now is a great time to find at least one that excites you.
These 5 activities provide enjoyment and help with your commitment to recovery:
1. Join a Sober Team
Did you used to play a team sport, like baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, or even tennis with partner? There are sober teams in every city, in every part of the country, just waiting for players like you to join.
Even if you never officially played a team sport, try one now! The fun, the exercise, and the camaraderie is a great combination to strengthen the sobriety you have worked so hard to establish.
2. Find a Sober Activity Group
Not into sports? Try a bowling league, a chess, book, bridge, or movie club, or anything else that peaks your interest. There are always other people in recovery who will want to participate in the same activities as you, so get out there and find them!
There may even be people who want to go to an amusement park every week, or who wants to meet at a coffee shop to discuss the latest episode of The Daily Show. You won’t know until you try. If you like an activity, there are other people in recovery who do too!
3. Commit to a Class
This does not have to mean school, but if there is a subject you have always wanted to learn more about, try signing up for a class at your local community college or other recreation center. Creative writing, business management, knitting, photography, woodshop, interior decorating, anything. Learning a new skill helps your brain rebuild its inner workings while you gain more confidence in a new ability.
Other types of classes can be learning a style of dance, how to sing, cooking, rock climbing, typing, painting, flower arrangement, or any other area that excites you. What have you always wanted to try? Find a class and sign up now!
4. Culture in Your Own City
Have you explored and discovered everything your city has to offer? Is there a science center, a planetarium, or a museum you didn’t know about, or that you never thought to see while actively using? You will be amazed at how much you enjoy learning and stimulating your brain in different ways.
Is there a botanical garden you could wander through? Can you involve other sober people, or take a book and relax for a while in the midst of beauty? What about a quiet body of water somewhere, or a nice area of nature that soothes you?
Get out and explore your city!
When you give back to others in need, you get so much more than you could have imagined. Is there a type of person you would love to help, maybe other recovering addicts? Helping out at a soup kitchen or a donation center can help your recovery because you are paying it forward.
What else interests you? Do you love animals? What about kids, or the elderly? There are so many ways to give back; find the one that excites you, help in your community, and strengthen your recovery!
Kate Green is an addiction recovery specialist, learn more about her work helping people in recovery at Balboa Horizons Treatment Services.
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