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Fun in Recovery
I’m sober. Now what? – Ways to have fun in Recovery.
Some people think that to get clean and sober will be the end of their social life. Some people are under the impression that all fun ends when recovery begins. Fun in Recovery is possible and we have put together some tips for you.
This is however not the case. Sometimes addiction can rob us of things that we often do for fun. In active addiction there is no time for us to do anything but our drug of choice. Being newly sober is often the beginning of a life long journey, it is often a time of self exploration, a time we we get to know ourself.
Here are some ways to discover how to have fun in recovery:
- Explore Hobbies. Make a list of your interests. Active addiction can rob us of having any interest in what we love. Sometimes making a list of things that peak our interest can lead us down different paths. For someone who loves the ocean, they may want to try paddle boarding or kayaking. For the sports lover, they may want to try a sporting event.
- Meeting new people. Often times we come into recovery and leave our old life behind us. As we grow on our walk with recovery we will meet new people who are headed in the same direction as us. As we meet these people, we often have an immediate connection. The bonds we form in recovery are fundamental for the rest of our lives. We finally are not clouded by drugs and alcohol and can form lasting relationships.
- Recovery Meetings and Events. People in recovery often attend recovery meeting and have conferences. This is a great way to meet with your peers who share a common interest. Sometimes people in recovery have events such as dances or BBQ’s. You can find more about recovery events in your area by attending local AA or NA meetings.
- Get Active. Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress, improve self-esteem and endorphins, a chemical in your brain that makes you feel good. Whether inside or outside, exercise presents a great opportunity to feel good and make new like-minded friends.
- Early recovery is an exciting time to try new things. Often times, our addictions confine us to small boxes; afraid to leave our comfort zones while new, fun things are happening all around us. Whether going on a trip or even exploring your own city, you’re sure to find new attractions, museums, restaurants, and activities. You’ll even see things you’re already familiar with through a whole new lens.
- Do you have a dream career that would require taking a few courses? Or even a hobby that you’d like to learn more about. This is a great time to expand your horizons in search of things you never thought possible before. Dream big.
Recovery is a time of exploration and discovery. You may find out passions for different things you never even knew you had because you were so numb from the drugs and that alcohol.
You will also have a host of new friends to share these experiences with.
This is the start of a new, fun in recovery and exciting life, One day at a time.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction please reach out to us at 844-JCHOUSE